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WHITE HEATH CENTENNIAL, 
1872-1972 




WHITE HEATH 
CENTENNIAL 

1872-1972 




"I believe a man should be proud of the place in which he 
lives, and that he should so live that the place will be proud 

that he lived in it." 

— Abraham Lincoln 



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The Founders 






NOBLE PORTER HEATH 

Son of David Heath and Ann Porter. 

Born February, 7, 1830. Came to Illinois 
in 1845 from Green Township, Ross County 
Ohio. 

He came to Piatt County III. with his 
parents who made the journey overland 
with teams. Monticello was but a hamlet 
and as there were no railroads, wheat was 
hauled to Lafayette, Ind. or Chicago and 
St. Louis. 

His father bought a tract of wild land in 
what is now Sangamon Township. Twenty 
acres of the land was improved and fen- 
ced, and a log cabin stood on the place into 
which the family removed in the spring of 
1846. This same year the father went on 
business to Ohio and died while there in 
Nv November of that year. 

Q Noble P. Heath was a lad of 12 years 

o when he came to Piatt County. The first 
winter after coming here he attended 
school in Monticello in the courthouse. 
After moving to Sangamon Township he 
assisted with the farm work and lived with 
his mother until 1871. In that year removed 
to the farm one mile south of the place 
known now as the Village of White Heath. 
His farm was well stocked with horses, 

5 cattle and hogs of high grades. 

— Mr. Heath was married to Mrs. 

^ Elizabeth (Hevell) Wilson in 1865. Four 
children were born to this union — Anna 

^ M., Bessie B., Noble P. II, and Lillian. 

Mr. Heath died June 9, 1893. 




ILLINOIS 

A north central state of the United 
States. An area of 56,400 square miles. 
Population 10.081,158. Capital, Springfield. 

Entered the union December 3, 1818. 



THE COUNTY OF PIATT 

The 12th General Assembly authorized 
the County of Piatt. 

Piatt County was divided into 8 town- 
ships, one of which was Sangamon 
Township. 

The names and boundaries of these 
townships remains the same today as were 
officially designated in 1860. 

In 1872 the Village of White Heath was 
started in Sangamon Township. 



FRANK WHITE 

Son of John McDowell (Mack ) White and 
Rebecca Harness Williams. 

Frank was born in Columbus, Ohio and 
came to Illinois around 1860. He purchased 
the land in Sangamon Township in 1861. 

In March of 1872 he sold 160 acres of his 
land to James Deland. This land became 
White Heath. 



White 
Heath 



Centennial 



1872 to 1972 



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Schedule of Centennial Events 



Kids Games 
Parade 
Teen Dance 
Square Dance 
Cake Walk 

Horse Shoe Pitching 

Judge of Beards 

Judge of Women's Dresses 

Soap Box Derby 
Soap Box Finals 

Tractor Pull 



9.00 

12:00 p.m. 
9:00 
9:00 
8:30 

7:00 
7:30 
8:30 

6:00 
2:00 

7:00 



Saturday, July 15 
July 15 
July 15 
July 15 
July 15 

July 10 
July 11 
July 11 

July 13 
July 15 

July 14 



Church 
Basket Dinner 
Gospel Sing 
Chicken Fry 



July 9 

July 9 

July 9 

July 15 



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tlPP'^Y 



THE VILLAGE OF WHITE HEATH 

In 1838 the government sold to Isaac 
Demorest tracts of land where White 
Heath is part of today. 

Previous to 1854 there were but three 
settlements in the part of Illinois that later 
became Piatt County. They were: 
Monticello, Mackville, and Centerville 
which is still a small community in 
Sangamon Township. 

In 1860-280 acres of land were sold at a 
Master in Chancery sale to McDowell 
White for $6000. The next year McDowell 
White sold the land to his brother, Frank 
White, for the same price. 

In March 1872 Frank White sold 160 
acres of his land to James Deland for 
$6040. Witnesses to the transaction were N. 
P. Heath and James B. Alexander. 

Mr. Deland was with Col. Thomas Snell 
and Company that had received a contract 
on January 12, 1872 to build a railroad to 
Havana. 

On September 22, 1872 Snell, Taylor and 
Company requested the Piatt County 
Surveyor C. D. Moore to survey and plot 
lots and streets for a village. This was done 
and the plat for White Heath was filed for 
record on September 30, 1872. 

An auction for the lots was held on Oc- 
tober 10, 1873; it rained most of the day. 
Most of the lots sold this day were sold to 
people out of the county. The lots were 
sold for $50 to $60. Buyers of lots who 
remained in or near White Heath were 
James Webster, George Teats, Jesse 
Bushee, and Sarah Williams. 

After the Auction the first building built 
was the Depot It burned in 1895 and was 
replaced by the present Depot. 

One of the first sales the day of the 
auction in Oct. 1872 was to Patrick Coffey. 
Lots 16 and 17 in block 3 just south of the 
present Depot. It was stipulated in the sale 
that Mr. Coffey must build a building on it 
within a year. We can't find any record 
whether he built the building or not but he 
did pay his taxes on time in 1874. 

The first person to build a building was 
James Webster . Within four months, Jan. 
29, 1873, he was appointed as the first 
Postmaster for White Heath. He also 
opened a general store at the same time. 
His building was located at the corner of 
Cherry and Commercial Street in Block 8. 
It was no doubt the same building that Dr. 
David later moved to the alley and used for 
many years as a barn until torn down 
by Mrs. Dilsaver in the thirties or early 
forties. 

One other sale made with stipulations on 
the Auction day was to Mrs. Sarah 
Williams Lots 9, 10, and 11 in block 7 at 
the corner of Willow and Commercial. It 
was sold to her for one dollar. She had a 
son Vincent, and a daughter called Miss 
Frank. Mrs. Williams built a hotel and she 
and Miss Frank operated it intermittently 
until the end of the century. The building 
was two stories high and covered the whole 



lot frontage of 66 feet. The building was 
blown down in the storm of 1904. Her hotel 
was called called The Junction House. 

Another colorful figure , Charley Smith, 
had much to do with business there when 
White Heath was young. He built a store 
on the railroad property on Commercial 
St. just opposite the middle of Block 9. This 
building had a large room in the second 
story that was later called Cline's Hall. 
For many years it served as the social 
center of the Village and surrounding 
community. It was torn down in the early 
twenties and the usable lumber was used 
in building the house used by Errie 
Furnish. An annex to the building was 
moved and is still used as a residence. 

Mr. Smith, who operated the store until 
1878, was a native of Centerville and civil 
war veteran. He was a very popular man 
in the White Heath Community. When he 
started the store, granulated sugar was 
just coming onto the market and he always 
handled sea sugar. Noble Heath reported 



that every time Mr. Smith sold any sugar 
he put some water in what was left in the 
barrel to compensate for the loss of water 
by evaporation. He was honest about it; he 
stated that that was the only way he could 
sell 400 pounds of sugar out of a 400 pound 
barrel. 

In 1874 James Webster sold his business 
to F.M. Peel. Mr. Peel was a druggist. He 
sold about everything. Mr. Peel had a 
partner, F. Watrons. He was appointed 
Postmaster at this time. 

On July 4, 1874, the first flag pole in 
White Heath was raised in front of Smith's 
store. A pole 70 feet long was secured from 
the timber close by. An appropriate 
ceremony was conducted and five men 
from Centerville came to assist at the flag 
raising. This was unusual for that time 
Centerville and White Heath people were 
not the best of friends. 

The bad feeling was brought about 
by: one, the voting of bonds to raise 



TOWN OF WHITE HEATH 

AT AITCTTON 

WE WILL SELL 

200 LOTS 

In The Above Named Town 

THURSDAY OCT. 10, 1872 

To The Hishest Bidder, Without Reserve 

WHITE HEATH 

is situated in Piatt County at the iunction oi the Decatur and Havana 
Division ol the extension ol the I. B. and W R.R. in one of the oldest and 
most thickly settled portions ol Dlinois, all old iarm*. nnder a hi^ state oi 
cultivation, ol medium size, occupied by owners in iact; good wheot land, 
on abundance ol com and all other cereals, with fine old orchards wiiich 
are now looded nvilh choice truits; A country with lar superior surroundings 
than arry young tovm in Illinois, together with conjurtction of the two above 
ncmed roads giving direct connection with both shores (the Atlantic arul 
Pacific), with a freight rate less in proportion than statioru on any other 
route. Plenty of fuel, wood less than one half mile from Depot, at two and a 
liall dollars per cord. High rolling gronrd, commanding a fine view of the 
country, all combined make this one of the most desirable investments now 
in the market, together with the liberal terms, 20% cash, balance in three 
equal annnal payments, enable all Laborers, Mechanics, Artlzons. Business 
Men. Prolessionols or Speculors, lo invest. 



FREE TRAIN 



FREE LUNCH 



Trains leave Bloomington a> 7:00 AM. Leroy 7:50 

Fanner City 8:2^. Champaign 9:40. Danville 7:00 

Clinton 8:30, Monticello 18:00 AJ1. Arriving in 

WHITE HEATH AT 10:30 A.M. 



I. O. Pullen 
Auctioneer 



Snell, Taylor and Co., 
Proprietors 



money to build the railroad; two. the loss 
of the railroad by Centerville and three, an 
attempt of the people of White Heath to 
have the Township locate a high school in 
White Heath. The election for the high 
school was held in April just before the flag 
raising. Had we owned property in Cen- 
terville at that time we no doubt would 
have felt that we had been robbed by White 
Heath. 

Weaver and Converse were mentioned 
as grain buyers and having an extensive 
lumber business in 1874. All there was in 
buying grain in those days was to buy the 
grain and to order the cars to ship it in. Mr. 
Converse was engaged in several business 
ventures while in White Heath. He at one 
time had a grocery store on the railroad 
property and one time operated a 
restaurant. He was in the village ten 
years. 

Milton Ross had a blacksmith shop on 
the old stag couch road -U mile west of 
town. In early days there wasn't any road 
leading from White Heath to the shop. Mr. 
Ross lived in a house near his shop, part of 
which still stands there, now owned by 
Verta Barber. The Ross 

Cemetery near this home was named for 
him and many of his family and himself 
are buried there. Several foundations of 
other houses around the Ross home are 
still there. The foundations are large rocks 
that were at each corner of the houses. 

During the early days when the Stag 
Coach road ran west and North of the 
present sight of White Heath, Abe Lincoln 
stopped at P'urnhis's Spring and drank 
from a gourd dipper that hung on a nail 
nearby. This spring is still active. 

So much interest was shown in the 
papers during the year 1874 when many 
letters were printed during the fight that 
was going on between Centerville and 
White Heath. Mr. Peel the Postmaster at 
that time repwrted that 140 subscribers 
received the Republican thru the White 
Heath post office as well as quite a number 
subscribing for the other three county 
papers. A group was organized to start a 
paper in White Heath. They decided to call 
it the Sangamon Herald. The yearly 
subscription was set at $5.00 with 
ministers, teachers, students, and poets to 
get it at half price. It was to begin 
publication in June 1875. They had trouble 
gettmg an editor and the plans never 
materialized. 

A non-resident of White Heath that had a 
lot to do with it early years was Rev. 
Cumberland Tippett. Rev. Tippett was the 
grandfather of Darrell Tippett who until a 
few months ago was the the editor of the 
Piatt County Journal Republican. Rev. 
Tippett had migrated to Illinois and had 
served as pastor of Methodist Churches at 
several places in central Illinois. He was 
minister at Centerville and Camp Creek on 
that day in October 1872 when White Heath 
was born. He lived just over Tippett hill 
from White Heath. He fell from a tree 
while picking apples on October 6, 1875 and 



died the next day. 

Toward the end of 1885 the people of 
White Heath attacked the school problem 
from a different angle. The one room at 
Hazel Del was crowded. They had to do 
something about it. It was easy to decide to 
add another room. Since the school was 
ungraded it made no difference where the 
new room was located so the school board , 
consisting of George Deland and Milton 
Curl of White Heath and Jess Clouser 
decided to build the room in White Heath, 
peace in the school district was assured for 
three or four years. 

THE RAILROAD STORY 

In 1856 a railroad running from Danville 
to Decatur, which is now a part of the 
Norfolk and Western was built across the 
southern part of Piatt County. Bement was 
plotted for a village at a point nearest to 
Monticello. It was to serve as a place to 
take care of the business for the County 
Seat. 

A movement was soon started by 
citizens of Monticello to have a railroad of 
their own. Their purpose was not to build a 
seven mile line to connect at Bement, but 
much more ambitious project to build 23 
miles and connect with the Illinois Central 
which had lately been built through 
Champaign. A company called The 
Monticello Railroad Co. was formed. 
Various routes were laid out, but the war 
that began in 1861 curtailed most railroad 
construction for the duration. 

In 1867 Monticello again got the railroad 
fever and deeds were secured for the right 
of way. Some of the farmers who raised 
many cattle were opposed to the railroad 
as it would raise the price of corn and thus 
make feed more costly But in general the 
smaller farmers were more cooperative. 

Michael Bochard owned 40 acres in 
section 27. He gave to the Monticello 
Company a deed to a right of way through 
his farm with possession of all land within 
50 feet of the center of the track There was 
no limit to the time for the company to 
exercise the option. The complete price 
was $1.00. 

On August 25, 1869, a new company was 
formed by capitalists from New York and 
other eastern cities. That group con- 
solidated the Danville, Bloommgton and 
Pekin with the Indianapolis. Crawford- 
sville and Danville Railroad to form The 
Ifidianapolis Bloommgton and Western 

The group had a very ambitious project 
to work on. that is to build tracks begin- 
ning in Champaign and extending almost 
due west across Illinois crossing the 
Illinois river at Havana and proceeding 
westward to cross the Mississippi river at 
Keokuk. Iowa where they would unite with 
the Missouri Iowa and Nebraska which 
was in the process of being built to the 
Missouri river At the Missouri they would 
connect with the Union Pacific When this 
project was finished, the railroad with its 
eastern connection at Indianapolis would 



form the shortest route from New York to 
San Francisco. 

Meanwhile in 1869 The Monticello 
Railroad Co. had a new plan of its own. 
Encouraged by a law that permitted 
Townships without a railroad to vote bonds 
and assist in building of one. The Mon- 
ticello Co. decided to exploit this to the 
limit and thus secure part of the capital for 
building. As soon as a railroad was built 
through an isolated part of country land 
price of land jumped $10 to $60 an acre so it 
was easy to sell the idea to the people. 
Sangamon Township had 30,720 acres of 
land. The people voted $40,000 to the 
company that would run the first train 
through the Township. 

The Monticello Company's New sights 
were set on building a railroad from 
Champaign through Monticello to Decatur 
and unite with the Decatur and E. St. Louis 
Line which was to be finished in the near 
future. This would make Champaign only 
150 miles from St. Louis. This was to be 
finished in 18 months. 

There was little signs of activity during 
1870. Some plans were talked about to 
build a railroad from Champaign to 
Monticello. After 5 years not a mile of 
track had been laid. 

On March 1, 1871 a contract was given to 
complete a railroad from Champaign and 
Monticello by July 1, 1871 and on to 
Decatur by December 1, 1871. But once 
again there was difficulty in raising 
money. This resulted in the formation of a 
working agreement between the I B and W 
road and the Monticello railroad. 

The I B and W planned to go straight 
west from Champaign and the Monticello 
line was to angle slightly south to Mon- 
ticello. The compromise Route was about 
' 2 way between the route surveyed in 1867 
and the I B and W Route. This would make 
the I B and W join with the Monticello line 
near the curve at present junction of 
present state route 10 and 47 proceed 
northwest to Centerville and then in a 
westerly direction to Havana. At this 
projected junction near Route 47 and 10 is 
where the White Heath story begins. 

Work began in earnest in the spring of 
1871 on the Monticello Line. But there was 
more trouble. The Monticello Line refused 
to be absorbed by the big Co. I B and W. So 
the big Company formed a small company 
called the Havana, Mason City, Lincoln 
and Eastern Railroad. 

Work on the Monticello road was pushed 
to completion in 1871. Now the question 
was, where would the two roads join. 

The Caldwells; the Maddens; Kearneys 
and Calefs owned large farms and were 
feeders of large numbers of cattle and 
hogs They opposed the idea of the junction 
at the planned spot. 

On Jan. 12, 1872 a contract was let to Col. 
Thomas Snell and James Deland of Ohio 
by the H Mc L and E to build a railroad 
from a junction on the Monticello Line to 
Havana. This Junction point was where 
White Heath stands today. 



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A NEW RAILROAD 

The interurban fever was high in White 
Heath. Rumor said that William B. 
McKinley was going to connect Cham- 
paign and Decatur with a street car line. 
Speculation was that it would run through 
White Heath and give the Village good 
passenger service between the two cities. 

The Illinois Central responded with 
cheaper passenger service. Six passenger 
trains operated each way each day bet- 
ween Champaign and Decatur, and fares 
were lowered to two cents a mile, one way 
OT a cent and a half a mile round trip 
between any two communities on the line. 
The trains stopped at most every cross 
road on the line for passengers. 

People began to travel on the Illinois 
Central, but that did not stop the in- 
terurban from building a new railroad. 

Early in March a contract was let. 
Everyone that wanted a job got one that 
summer. Wages for a man averaged two 
dollars per day and wages for a man and 
his team ran near four dollars per day. 

It was one of the busiest years White 
Heath ever had. They were rewarded 
early in November 1906 by seeing the first 
street car to operate in White Heath. It was 
a small street car but it started carrying 
passengers between White Heath and 
Champaign at once. By the middle of 
January 1907, interurban service was 
extended to Monticello and by June the 
next summer it had reached Decatur. 

The interurban not only gave White 
Heath a good transportation system but 
established and left a small payroll there. 

For several years the interurban had a 
section crew of men in White Heath. Jerry 
Purcell and Jeff Fisher took care of the 
gang of men. 

The interurban did a lot for the people 
who lived along its line in their pursuit of 
education. There was no reason now for 
anyone in White Heath not to have a high 
school diploma. 

CEMETERY 

Who were the people living in the area 
when White Heath was a new village? This 
question may be answered by visiting the 
three local cemteries: Ingram, Ross and 
Camp Creek. 

First, let us go to Ingram Cemetery, 
which is located about one mile northeast 
of White Heath. Most of the fence line is 
marked with a wonderful memorial of 
beautiful evergreen trees planted by Clint 
and Nina Harper. As we look over the rows 
of graves, we find an old weather-beaten 
marker that says, "Thomas Newell, 1887." 
There is a window carved on it with cur- 
tains drawn back and in the center is a 
hand pointing toward heaven. We notice 
that this same emblem of the hand is on 
many of the older gravestones. Most of the 
childrens stones have lambs carved on 
them. 

One small heartshaped stone says. 




Graves of John Hughes 1887, one wife, 
Cyntha. 18fi0 and on the other side wife. 
Elizabeth. 1870. found in Ross Cemetery. 

"Glenn, son of A. and J. Elsea, Budded on 
Earth to Bloom in Heaven." Messages like 
this show us the love and devotion of the 
early settlers and the faith and hope that 
sustained them. On the gravestone of 
Lazarus Wright is this verse: 

Rest dear father and mother, your work is 

one 
The cross is past, the crown is won 
But you are not on earth forgot 
And when our bodies meet that spot 
I hope in heaven again to see 
A dear father and mother, dear to me. 



Some of the family names found here 
are: Cline, Ingrum, Harper, Wright, 
Lamb, Miller, Ramey, Luscaleet, Furnish, 
Lacy, Keller, Derr, Carper, Evans, 
Seymour, Rhoades, Davis and Taylor. 

The oldest one is marked, "Infant son of 
Jacob Cline, 1815." Another infant, 
Clayton, son of William and Sarah Harper 
died in 1816. 

The most recent graves are those of 
Bertha Smith and William Seymour. 

Two modern stones reminds us of the 
tragic deaths of Nelda Alexander and 
Robert Dunn. 

The second cemetery we shall visit is the 
Ross Cemetery located about one mile 
west of White Heath. There are no stones 
bearing the name Ross. According to in- 
formation received from our older White 
Heath residents it was referred to by that 
name because it was across the road from 
a family names. Ross. Mrs. Ross was a 
blacksmith and lived where Chet Haines 
and his sister now live. 

Time has caused many of the older 
stones to crumble and fall. The oldest 
stone we are able to locate is that of Sarah 
Martino, 1818 The newest is T and S 
Crowder 1848-1908 and 1849-1916 a replace- 
ment stone. Toward the back of the 
cemetery is a cement slab encasing three 
stones, those of John Hughes. 1887; one 
wife, Cyntha. 1860, on one side and wife 
Elizabeth, 1870 on the other 

Some of the family names found here 
are: Crowder, Mooney, Hall. Coon, 
Swisher, Hankinson, Bone, Piatt. Hughes. 
Kerr, Heath, Kcmy, Cable, Madden, 
Babcock, and Martmo. 

About a mile south of White Heath we 




Stone bearing name of Thomas Newell 
1857 found in Ingram Cemetery. 




Scroll shaped stones of William Curl, wife 
and infant. 1874. Also the oldest stone of 
Phillip Hanson 1884 in Camp Creek 
Cemetery. 

come to the third cemetery, Camp Creek. 
Evergreens on the adjoining Payne Heath 
land form a pretty background for this 
cemetery. At one time the old Camp Creek 
Church was located here; but it was 
moved into White Heath in 1897. 

Near the middle of the cemetery are 
three stones shaped like scrolls with the 
names William Curl, wife and infant 1874. 
Nearby is a stone that says. "Three in- 
fants, daughters and son of M. C. and R. J. 
Bensyl." 1875. In the far southwest corner 
you will notice the gravestone of Sam 
Gingery, an Ohio Infantryman. This looks 
like a very old stone; but there is no date 
given. 

Some of the family names recorded here 
are Bookman, Morris, Grove. Heath, 
Spencer, Hickman, Hubbart, Close, Hart, 
Welsh, Bowdre, Combes, Coon, Ross, 
Fosnaugh, Wolfe, Fisher and Teats. 

The oldest stone is located next to those 
of William Curl and belongs to Phillip 
Hanson 1844. The newest — Oda Fisher 
1964. 



DR. V\.B. UNANGST 

Dr W B. Unangst was located in Cen- 
terville when the October 1872 sale was 
held. But soon after located in White 
Heath. He was a handsome, well groomed 
gentleman. He owned a farm north of 
White Heath and some of the people liked 
to call him The Farmer Doctor. In 1888 the 
Doctor and Miss Mattie Sevens were 
married. 



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CAMP CREEK CHURCH 1854 

Long years before the village of White 
Heath came into being, pioneer Methodists 
began to construct a church buUding a 
mile south of the spot where White Heath 
was later started. 

It was called Camp Creek Methodist 
Church, named after a little stream that 
ran through this prosperous farming 
community. 

It is probable that the church was a 
continuation of the endeavor of Peter 
Cartwright and his successors who 
preached in a little school house a mile 
south on the bank of Camp Creek. 

It took them two years to build the 
church, a rectangular barnlike building, 
which was fifty-six feet long, thirty feet 
wide with a twenty-two foot ceiling. It was 
built in a clearing which must have been 
used from the first as a cemetery. There 
are stones there dating back to 1857. 

The old Teat's homestead adjoined it on 
the south. The building was lighted by four 
large windows in the north side and same 
on the south. Each window was composed 
of 32 small panes. 

The women sat on the right hand side 
while the men sat on the left. It must have 
taken a lot of courage for a young man to 
escort his best girl to church. 

The front fence had a large stile over 
which all foot traffic passed. One minister. 
Rev. Burkett, objected to the Sunday 
visiting at the stile, fearing that his Ser- 
mon would be forgotten. 

Philip Conard was Sunday School 
superintendent for a while. 

In the earliest records, that of 1873, 
shows the following names: Martha 
Plaster, Mary J. Norris. Mary Meacham, 
Hiram Bowie, Selina McCabe, Melissa 
Ferrill, Louisa Ellen Rodgers, John 
Perkins, Rachel Holderman, Gettus 
Bowdre, Jacob Higbee, Emma Higbee, 
Francis Bond and George Teats. 

1875: — David Fosnaugh, Theordore 
Fosnaugh, and Joseph Valentino. 

1884: — Anna Flynn, Mary Cramer, 
James Paris, Moses Hickman, Carrie Cox, 
Nettie Smock, Joseph Campbell, Charlotte 
Cox. Henry Trotter. 

1885: — Lulu Conard, and Luther Cox. 

1886: — Emily Branch, Mattie Foust, 
Bessie Heath, Sarah Dooley, Maude 
Higbee, Florence Tippett, Esther Coon. 

1887: — Edward Flannigan, Noble 
Heath, Clint Tippett, Emma Hart, Anna 
Creviston, Ollie Smock, Sallie Harris, 
Elizabeth Branch, Charles McCann, Aaron 
Stevenson, Nettie Gray, John Ryan, 
Homer Shaw, Jessie Hardwich, Bert 
Bowdre, William Durham, Susie Durham, 
and Porter Lacy. 

1891: - Robert Trimble, William 
Benson, Harry Fell, Frank Conard, Ed- 
ward Kincaid, Luella Bond, Lizzie 
Primmer, Lilliam Heath, and Ora Heath. 

In addition to these records were the 
names of older members of the Church: — 

1872: — William Ridfiley, Louisa 



Ridgley, Samuel and Jane Plaster, Calvin 
and Eliza Har, William and Elizabeth 
McCann, Samuel and Melissa Suver, 
Nancy Adkins, Daniel and Mary Norris, 
Mathias and Mary Teats, Sara Jimison, 
Joseph and Martha Bly, Susan Hickman, 
Porter and Elizabeth Heath, Helen, Jane 
and Fannie Heath, John Hughes, Ella 
Bond, Fannie Coon, Addison Coon, 
Algeretta Wrench. Later these names 
were added; Ada Heath, Ella McCann, 
Jessie and Jane Bushee, Henry L. Tim- 
mons, Lennia Hart, Viola Bowdre, Bar- 
bara Teats, Susan Storm, B. Ellsworth 
Duvall, C. S. and Eva McCurry, Peter and 
Minerva Primmer, Mary Smock, Gussie 
Smock, Charles Bachert. 

The first time White Heath was men- 
tioned in the record was 1891: Camp 
Creek, Prairie Chapel and Lodge were 
formed into a circuit called White Heath 
Circuit and James M. Muirhead was ap- 
pointed to it. 

In 1897 Mr. Hart suggested moving the 
church building to the Village of White 
Heath. Mr. Hart donated the ground on 
which it would stand. So it was moved. 
While it was being moved services were 
held in Cline's Hall. Dr. and Mrs. C.S. 
Davis gave great assistance in re- 
arranging the interior of the building when 
it was placed in White Heath. A parsonage 
was built soon after the church was 
moved. Rev. and Mrs. W.N. Tobie were the 
first occupants in 1899. For the first time 
Camp Creek Church, which had been 
called White Heath M.E. Church after the 
move, had a resident Pastor. 

The 1904 storm removed the roof of the 
church. A few years later the roof was 
blown off again. 

In 1929 the church closed its doors on the 
last Sunday morning in September. The 
membership was moved to Monticello. 

The above reminiscences and facts were 
taken from a book written by Lillian Heath 
Haines. 

CHURCHES OF WHITE HEATH 




In 1897 Mr, Hart suggested moving the 
Camp Creek Methodist church building 
from one mile south of White Heath where 
it had stood since 1854, to land in White 

Heath. Mr. Hart donated the ground on 
which it would stand. So it was moved. 



While it was being moved services were 
held in Cline's Hall. Dr. and Mrs. Davis 
gave great assistance in re-arranging the 
interior of the building when it was placed 
in White Heath. A parsonage was built 
soon after the church was moved. Rev. and 
Mrs. W.N. Tobie were the first occupants 
in 1899. 

In 1904 a storm removed the roof of the 
church. A few years later the roof was 
blown off again, this time during 
Children's Day rehearsal, and once again 
some changes were made. A basement 
was dug, a furnace installed, the walls 
painted instead of papered, and a piano 
donated. 

During these years from 1897 to 1910 
many changes took place in personnel. Dr. 
Davis moved to Champaign, Cal Hart and 
Al Cade moved to Kansas, John Conard 
moved to Colorado, W.C. Hubbart moved 
to Monticello, Philip Conard moved their 
membership to Monticello, and Mrs. Helen 
Tippett passed away. New names appear 
on the record, and new faces appear in the 
congregation: D.W. Filer, Nettie Bradley, 
Ralph Herbert, ND Redgley, Lizzie Crab- 
be Ole Olson's family, Mrs. Maria Gra- 
dy and Merle, Charles Parks and family, 
Mrs. Silas Sievers and family, L.V. 
Nickell, the Byron Thompson family, 
George Drexler's, the Sam Bell family, 
the Haines family, and Mary Flanigan. 

In 1910 the church was placed on the 
circuit with Bondville, Seymour and 
Centerville, which arrangement continued 
for about ten years, when once more we 
became a station, with a resident pastor. 
Rev. A,L. Simmons, who remaines for six 
years and was succeeded by Walker 
Butler. 

The end was drawing near. The struggle 
for existence was becoming too intense. 
Many of the members were moving away. 
It made it very hard to carry on. 

The last surviving member from the old 
days, and the oldest member of the church 
was George Teats. The record shows he 
was admitted to probation on February 14. 
1873, and no doubt he was a member of the 
Sunday School long before that date. 
The church doors were closed on 
the last Sunday morning in September 
1929. The membership was moved entire to 
the Monticello M.E. Church. 

The church doors were closed on the last 
Sunday morning in September 1929. The 
membership was moved entire to the 
Monticello M.E. Church. 

In 1887 the United Brethren Church of 
Centerville transferred their membership 
to White Heath. Rev. Predmore was 
assigned to be pastor. 

Church was held at the school house. 
Then when the new school was built the 
church bought the old building. 

Spirited revivals were conducted every 
year by the United Brethren. The success 
of the minister was judge by how suc- 
cessful the revivals had been. The church 
was not without any disturbance and we 
frequently see of arrests that had been 
made in White Heath for distrubing public 



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meetings, Jim Heath told of a would be 
disturbance one night when he was in his 
teens. Three young men who considered 
themselves tough, went to the church in 
the school house with the intention of 
having a little so called fun. The minister, 
Rev. Dilavou, had taken as his scripture 
the story of Christ's casting out the devil. 
The minister paused in his sermon, looked 
at the boys and asked the people to excuse 
him as he had three devils to cast out. He 
stomped down the aisle and before he 
reached the three boys, the devils had 
changed to angels. 




The Universalist Church was started m 
1889. On May 24, 1896 they completed a 
church building. It was destroyed by the 
storm of 1904. 



In memory of my parents. Doctor 
Brent L. and Nellie R. Barker and 
my grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. 
James Rankin. 

By Lois Barker Leary 




Front row: Edith Olson, Mabel Heath. 
Kthel Bradley, Helen Tippett. Nell Heath, 
Haltle Benson. Back row: Nettie Bradley, 
Becky Heath, Mrs. Grove, Maggie Smith. 
Mrs. Filer, Mrs. Parks. On wagon: Mrs. 
Teats. 



Mr. Ole Olson, who lived east of town, 
gave the ladies of the Methodist Church all 
the corn they could pick in a day for their 
church fund. Charles Olso was assigned to 
try to keep the ladies on the row. Mr. 
Murray (grain buyer) gave them a 
premium of 10c per bushel and Mr. Filer 
gaven them 2c a bushel. At the price of 52c 
per bushel the ladies netted $20. 

The ladies that did all this work were: 
Barbara Teats, Hattie Fell, Margaret 
Dukes, Nellie Filer, Rebecca Heath, Nettie 
Bradley, Etta Parks, Mollie Groves, Dr. 
Florence Duvall, Mable Heath, Edith 
Olson, and Ethel Bradley. 

WHITE HEATH DOCTORS 

During the early years of White Heath 
the town had two doctors most of the time. 
Dr. Henrie was one of the first. Not long 
after he arrived he built a combination 
home and office. The building still stands. 
Dr. Henrie died Dec. 24, 1884. His place 
was taken by Dr. Davis. 

Dr. Unangst came to White Heath from 
Centerville soon after the Auction. He 
owned a farm north of White Heath. In 1888 
he was married to Miss Mattie Bevens. We 
also found mention at in 1875 he built a 
shoe shop. We never found who the cobbler 
was that ran the shop. The doctor died May 
2, 1894. His practice was taken over by Dr 
Hart. 

Dr. Davis took over Dr. Henries 
practice. Dr and Mrs. Davis gave a lot of 
assistance in rearranging the interior of 
the Methodist Church building after it was 
placed in White Heath. Dr. Davis 
remained in White Heath until 1902 when 
he sold his home and office to Dr. Barker 
and moved to Champaign. 
Dr. Hart took over the Unangst practice. 
Dr. Hart used two names while in White 
Heath, sometimes Hart and some times 
Harwood. Dr. Hart left the town soon after 
the coming of Dr. Barker. But soon Dr. 
Peel appeared, nephew of F.M. Peel, and 
White Heath again had two doctors. 




Brent L. Barker was a native of Ken- 
tucky. He was born in Somerset, Kentucky 
on the 15th of December, 1871. He was the 
son of William M. Barker and Malinda 
Sievers Barker. 

Dr. Barker acquired his elementary 
education in public school in Somerset and 
later engaged in teaching for two years. 
He was next a student at the National 
Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio 
where he pursued a general course and on 
leaving that Institution he resumed 
teaching for three years. While thus 
employed at Somerset he took up the study 
of Medicine and in 1893 entered the 
Louisville Medical School. Where he was 
graduated on the 25th of March, 1897 with 
an M.D. degree. 

Dr. Barker came to White Heath, Illinois 
in 1898. July 11, 1902 he purchased property 
which had a nice house and barn. 

On the 17th of June 1903 he was married 
to Miss Nellie Rankin of White Heath who 
was born near Cisco, September 1, 1882. 
After his marriage people of White Heath 
thought that the good doctor was here to 
stay. But a few years after he sold out and 
moved to Monticello. 

Dr. Barker was quite popular in social as 
well as professional and business circles 
and was liked by all who knew him. 

Doctor and Mrs. Barker had two 
children: Lois born in 1904; Ruth born in 
1909. 

Dr. Barker moved to Monticello, Sep- 
tember 17, 1907. He purchased medical 
practice and home from Dr. Wm. G. 
Matson when he moved to Monticello. 

Doctor Barker became a member of the 
Presbyterian Church, served as Secretary 
of Piatt County Medical Society, Member 
of School Board, member of the draft 
board World War I. 

He continued to live in the same 
residence and practiced medicine until his 
death in 1917. 



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DR. SIEVERS AND FAMILY 



Dr. William Newton Sievers was born in 
Nancy, Kentucky on March 18, 1885, a son 
of William Logan and Perminah Hudson 
Sievers. He received his medical degree 
from the University of Louisville in 1910. 
He came to White Heath early in 1910 and 
practiced medicine in White Heath, 
Illinois, from that date until the date of his 
death on September 17, 1960. He built the 
house where Nellie Alexander now lives 
and through all these years had his office 
in his house. 

He married Ella Lydia Weddle in 1910. 
To that marriage was born three children, 
namely: Arnold Sievers, attorney, at 
Monticello, Illinois; Arthur Sievers, who 
was killed in June of 1943 in World War II : 
and Maxine Fellinger, who now resides at 
Kirkwood, Missouri. Ella Sievers died in 
January of 1959 and Dr. Sievers sub- 
sequently married Bertha Roane, who 
survived his death and now resides in 
Monticello, Illinois. 

He served on the White Heath grade 
school board of education for 25 years and 
the Monticello High School board for 20 
years, 19 as President. He was a former 
President and Secretary of the Piatt 
County Medical Association. On October 
23, 1959, he was presented a certificate for 
50 years of practice by the American 
Medical Association. He delivered more 
than 1300 babies and in April of 1959, the 
residents of the community of White Heath 
honored Dr. Sievers at a testimonial 
meeting attended by many of the children 
whom he had delivered, and in some cases, 
grandchildren. He was presented a plaque 
for his services to the community on that 
occasion. 

Doctors who at one time were in White 
Heath: Dr. Henries, Dr. Davis, Dr. 
Unangst, Dr. Hart, Dr. Barker, Dr. Peel, 
Dr. Caldwell, and the last of the doctors to 
practice in White Heath, Dr. W. N. Sievers. 

On May 7, 1959 Dr. Sievers was honored 
by White Heath. A tribute to Dr. Sievers 
was written by Mrs. Bertha Roane who 
later became Mrs. W. N. Sievers. 



In the little old county of Piatt 

In the state of Illinois, 
There is a nice little Village 

That is dear to each girl and boy. 

White Heath is the name of the Village 
And the people who reside therein 

Are really and truly "the salt of the earth" 
Now here's where my story will begin- 

The story really started "way back when" 
Farther back than some can 
remember, 
I just don't know if 'twas spring or fall 
It may have been June or December. 

But one day a young doctor moved into 
town 

Out of college just a year or so. 
And why he settled in our town 

This I will never know. 

But settle in our town — he did 

And he's been here, all of these years 
He has shared in our "happy go lucky" 
times 
And also our sorrow and tears. 

I remember when he'd been practicing 
Not more than a week or two 

My brother Chet got sick with the croup 
And we didn't know what to do. 

Dad said, "We'd better get a doctor" 
And mother said, "Yes we should" 

Dad said, "I'd call that new one, 
If I thought he'd be any good." 

Well, he went to the phone and called him 
And he was there in nothing flat. 

In just a few minutes Chet could breathe 
again 
He had cured him just like that; 

My Dad said, "What do I owe you 
For the medicine, trip, and such" 

And the Blessed young Doctor said, "Oh I 
don't know 
Would two dollars be too much?" 

As the days went by and grew into years 



The Doctor's practice grew and grew 
He was kept busy almost day and night. 
With much more than he could do. 

He's been a friend as well as a Doctor 

To all of us down through the years. 

He has stood by through many hardships 
And helped quiet our worries and 
fears. 

This world would be a dreary place 
As we go traveling down life's road 

Without a family Doctor at hand 
To share our every load. 

He is someone to rejoice with us 
When fortune comes our way 

And give us real encouragement 
For greater things some day. 

He has learned to sympathize 
And has tried to understand 

The problems that each one may have 
And to lend a helping hand. 

He has brought many babies into the world 
Has cared for the old and the young 

And everyone entering our town today 
Will hear his praises sung. 

Much more could be said of the Doctor 
But 'twould take till the end of time 

There aren't enough words to write it all 
down 
And certainly not in rhyme. 

So I'll just say "Three cheers for Dr. 
Sievers" 
May his good works live on and one. 
And each feel grateful in his own small 
way 
For the family Doctor to lean upon. 



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Dr. Siever's old barn. 

This is a partial list of the names of the 
babies delivered by Dr. W. N. Sievers. 

Patrick Tatman, Fancy Rosy Johnson, 
Stanley Sievers, Katherine Furnish, 
Chester Henderson, Myrtle Luce, Mildred 
Miller, William Coyle, Lizzie McClellan, 
Bessie Blacker, Walter Perry, Mildred 
Wrench, Erma Flanigan, Hildred Viola 
Allen, Clarence Perry. 

Margerite Heath, Ella Collins, Donald 
Zindars, Lois Hamm, Baby Girl Spencer, 
Webster A. Stark, Charles Glen Mitchell, 
Willard Singer, Baby Boy Furnish, Clif- 
ford Barlow, Rozetta Hickman, Baby Girl 
Primmer, Harold Unangst, Glenn Harper, 



Ernest Henderson. 

Lula Taylor, Robert Paris, Fred Shultie, 
Ethel Tatman, Martha Plimpton, Kenneth 
Blacker, Hubert Wrench, Bernice Smith, 
Harry J. Harper, Luiza Wrench, Nancy 
Todd, Baby Girl Webb, Lyle Johnson, 
Arnold Sievers, Eldon Luscaleet. 

Paul Conwav, Erslice F. Mackey, 
Thelma Wrench, Harry Perry, William A. 
Blasler, Marian Ruth Heath, Audrey 
Combes, William H. Elsworth, Eva Eades, 
Mildred Primmer, Dorothy McClure, 
Jacob Spencer, John Albert Cox, Ella B. 
Sievers, Baby Boy Higgins. 

John R. Henderson, Floyd W. Paris, 
Henry Cary, Eva May Wrench, Paul 
Branch, Morris Coyle, Hazel Spencer, 
Edith Henderson, Charles Ragland, Paul 
Olson, Emma Zella Bell, Dorothy Har- 
dy man, Bessie Furnish, Ruth Furnish, 
Arthur Sievers. 

Baby Boy Mackey, Ruth Drexler, Maude 
Bowdre, Dorothy Heath, Clifford Creech, 
Albert Routt, Edna Bartley, Sarah Perry, 
Mary Gadberry, Clifford Evans, Mary 
Hamman. Doris Wilkie, Ruth Blacker, 
Alvin Hammel, William Simmons. 

Helen Hankinson. Frances M. Harper, 
Donald Bowman, Robert Harper, Barbara 
J. Wright. Clarence Hankinson, William 
Fosnaugh, John Blacker, Baby Girl Great- 
house, Lois Olson, James Foster, James 
R. Blacker, Paul K. DeLand, Dorothy 
Ragland, Ruby V. Ealy. 

Nellie B. Handley, Francis E. Lang, 
Walt. Lichtenberger, Carol Alexander, 
Helen Mackey, Stephen Perry, Dale 
Robinson, Mary Childers, Jesse D. Hick- 
man, Baby Boy Kirkland, Charles Zindars, 
William McConkey, Nellie Pollard, 
Florence Henderson, Benny Mcintosh. 

Fred Fraker, Norma Bartley, Katherine 
Handley, Chester Robinson, Eva Marie 
Cox, Frances Dunlap, Doris Luscaleet, 
Dortha Luscaleet, Erma Ruth Wilkey, 
Lucy M. Hankinson, Ralph S. Mix, Charles 
Olson, Helen L. Robinson, Max Evans, 
John B. Webb. 

Lester V. Mackey, Mary H. Hickman, 
Edna Cox, Frances B. Madden, Joseph A. 
Keller, William N. Branch, Earl Slusser, 
Ruth R. Hostler, Charles Henderson, 
Josephine Hankinson, Phyllis W. Winder, 
Doris Rusch, Dale V. Mackey, Anna 
Bartley, Leddy Handley. 

William H. Hostler, Lois Bryant, Orian 
Ronald Madden, Baby Girl Greathouse, 
Darrel Dean Mcintosh, Charles Flan- 
nigan, Donald Martin, Dorothy P. 
Seymour, George Perry, Melvin Ruch, 
Mollie Wrench, Elizabeth Grady, Clifford 
DeGroft, Berlyn Scott, Velma Jene Mc- 
Donald. 

Floyd Sprinkle, Alzona Cline, Claude 
Henderson, Robert E. Nibb, Thelma Ruch, 
Jack Camp Smith, Doris Kingston, Ruth 
Aleen Brown, Betty Lucille Ruch, Francis 
White, Ardith Brown, John Handley Jr., 
Jewel Dilsaver Jr., Wallace Brock, Leona 
DeLand. 

Lorna Flannigan, Ellen Sievers, Lyle 
Ragland, John Sprinkle, Harold Zindars, 



Thelma Ruth Hannah, Robert Hostler, 
Doris Dubson, John Bartley, Ona Great- 
house, Emma Jean Seymour, Maxine 
Scott, Johnnie Dunlap, Jaunita Stewart, 
Lester Winder, Marian Olson, Laura 
Flannigan, Allen Ruch, Chester Record, 
Baby Girl Musick, Wanda Parker, Robert 
Sievers, Bobbie Webb, Luella Brown, 
Orville Kaufman, Nora Larson, Naomi 
Sprinkle, Norma Jean Ruch, Baby Girl 
Norfleet, Mildred Workman. 

Virgil Stanford, Junior L. Norfleet, 
Joyce Koss, Arther Larson, James 
Freeman, W. A. Skeels, Gayle Wright, 
Dale Edwin Vance, Mildred Haines, Betty 
Gordon, Norma Jean Wood, Donna Rae 
Grove. 

Wayne Meece, F. Wayne Alexander, 
Baby Boy Cobb, Nancy Joan Vance, 
Vivian E. Hassinger, Bensley Sims, 
Shirley Sprague, Roland Seymour, An- 
drew Flannigan, Kenneth Frye, Maxine 
Brown, Ann Paugh, Mary Castang, James 
Cafin, Delores Dickerson. 

Charles Ross Mitchell, Shirley Rambo, 
Leslie Skeels Jr., Raymond Hunter Jr. 
Doris Edith York, Chris Koss Jr., Muriel 
Haneline, Beulah Wood, Leroy Hankinson, 
Francis Larson, Mannie M. May, Patricia 
Mitchell, Richard Harper, Robert 
Eastham, Charles Wileaver. 

Sydney Dresback, Walter Hunter, Dale 
Gentry, Evelyn Gaines, Ruth Ann Beebee, 
Richard L. Tabor, Delpha Irene York, 
Doris Haneline, Paul Redman, Sharon 
Skeels, Virgil Hunter, Baby Boy Barlow, 
Thelma Gaines, William Roger Kallem- 
bach. Donna Dean Hunter. 

Maurice M. Wileaver, Norma Ruth 
Mitchell, John W. Sievers, Nancy Doris 
Beebe, Linda Lou Rambo, Larry Haneline, 
Sonja Jean Weiner, Vera Hassinger, Alice 
Jean York, Carl Hume Mitchell, Larry 
Dean Allen, Gary Hunter, Clarey Bell 
Carinder, Linda L. Hassinger, Sharon 
Thompson. 

Judith Primmer, Mary J. Sievers, Agnes 
Olson, Janet Wileaver, Albert Wimer, Ray 
E. Primmer, Ronnie Peak, Max Hickman, 
Audrey Cafin, B. Pauline Mitchell, James 
L. Webb, Robert E. Webb, Thomas E. 
McCall, Charles Olson, Francis Freash. 
Billy Tabor, Mary E. Kallembach, 
Clinton Bartley Jr., Judith Heckman, 
Frankie Thompson, Caroly Koss, James 
E. McDade, Teresa Meredith, Gerald 
May, Dale Trimble, Bessie Long, George 
Davis, Delina Wilson, Carol Hassinger, 
Judith Williamson. 

Ronald Dates, Mary Hammerschmidt, 
Marilyn Stewart, Linda Lee Cody, Donna 
Mae Cook, Elsie Torrence, Roy Wm. Jones 
Jr., Harold Burton, Prisilla Smoot, Marion 
Rankin, Virgina Henderson, Dora Lee 
Groves, Darline Mackey, Dorthy M. 
Grove, Helen Seymour, Robert West, 
Richard Olentine, Bernadine De Grofft, 
Eugene Bunting, John Edward Sievers. 
James. H. Denison. 

Baby Boy Riggins, Lawrence Larson. 
Ray Chumbley, Glenn Brown. Robert Earl 
Fox, Bobby Ruch, Vera Cafin, Hazel 



Workman, Mary Jean Schmidt, Gredil M. 
Mattox, Bernice Seymour, Lewis A. Pyie, 
Cleo Fern Seymour, Margaret Frye, 
Gilbert Hunter. 

Orva Hassinger, Beulah Castang, Elsie 
Larson. Shirley Brown, Frank Flannigan, 
Cecil Johnston, Doris L. Lane, Norma 
Jean Nonte, Billy Loyd Sprague, Phyllis 
Olson, Lewis Belshaw, Lloyde Unangst, 
Howard Wilson Jr., Letha Grove, 
Margaret E. Vance. 

Orville Dale Frye, Ralph Manuel, 
Charles Johnston, Loyde Eckel, Walter 
Mays, Ruby Jean Perry, Vida May 
Musick, Robert J. Wright, Alma Robinson, 
Juanita Watson, Martha June Wood, K. 
Max Olson, Ruth Lorraine Mitchell, Glenn 
Furnish, Bonnie Mongold. 

John Flannigan, Charles Castang, lona 
Vermillion, Don L. Vinson, Thomas 
Bergen, Vernon W. Brown, Orville Brown, 
Edward Scott Jr., Laurence Sievers, 
Margie Weaver, Russell Gordon, David 
Pyle, Arnold Musick, Jack W. Wood, 
Hubert Hickman. 

Dwight Castang, Claude F. Mark, 
Harold Frye, OrvQle Grove, Norma Jean 
Cafin, Jackoline Burgin, Mary Jayne 
Wright, Charlatte Robinson, Dorothy 
Anderson, Harold E. Jordon, William 
Raleigh Manuel, Marilyn J. Mitchell, 
Evelyn Fuqua, John C. Swisher, Dewey C. 
Ban. 

Donald Seymour, Ronald Unangst, Joan 
L. Moefield, Kenneth Greathouse, 
Jaqulyne E. Brown, John Wilson, Delbert 
W. Jones, Erma Hassinger, Betty F. 
Brown, Carolyn Bowdre, Samuel Mc- 
Pheeters, Baby Girl Grove, Neil Allen 
Branch, Nell A. Branch, Irvin L. Seymour. 
Dwayne A. Wilson. Alice Dodd, Nola 
Avis Mitchell. Janice Marie Vance, Peggy 
McCall, Linda Lou Dyson, Garry Shipl, 
Russel Vance, Robert W. Harper, Sandra 
Osborne, Judy Ann Blosser, Gary Harris, 
Larry Vance. 

Donna Mae Gates, Connie Sue Curry, 
Betty Joan Curry, Beverly Gates, JoAnne 
Moefield, Mildred Hunter, Johnny Hen- 
derson, Charles Hammerschmidt, Anna 
Hammerschmidt, Donald Garland, Dorvin 
Ray Moefield, James Leo Isbell, Linda 
Henderson. Rex Allen Dalton. Arthur Bell. 
Annie Isbell. John H. Guffey, Donald 
Roy Stone. Donald Gilbreath, Edith Mae 
Argo. Karen Jo Duncan. Thelma Jean 
Argo, Lewis K. Argo, Eugena Wright, 
Donna Jean Cody. Catherine Tatman, 
Marian Kallembach, Michael McDade, 
Richard Greenarch, John Hammer- 
schmidt. 

Danny Jo Heckman, Bonnie Lou Curry, 
Charles R Buckley, Rodney Tabor, Ethel 
Mae Sebens, Sally Lutrell, Arthur Alan 
Sievers, Juilius Sarver, James Mitchell, 
Claude Cody, Carolyn Sue Muse, Luella 
Brooks. Kay Diane Vaughn. Shirley Kidd, 
Sharon Lee Rich. 

Harold Roger Morris, Janice Bel)out, 
James Jordan, Gary David Harper, Nancy 
Webb, Larry Roberts, Lee Ilia Musick, 



Mary McClellan, Robert M. Sims, Dannie 
Lee Harper, Jackie Buchanan, Stephan 
Sievers, David Miller, Leonard Lathrop, 
Patsy Surber. 

Delbra Kay Norton, James Henderson, 
Roy Allen Laws, Carl Sebens, Rebecca 
Ann Twist, John E. Jordan, Roger Dale 
Funk, Odell May, Nila Meredith, Willard 
Carney, Joyce Polen, Frederick Hanson, 
Doris Gaines, Joyce Huisinga, Cora Lou 
Ashby. 

Shirley Carnder, Kirby Darst McVey, 
Brenda Blosser, Jerr Lee Smith, William 
Barlow, Richard Jones, Donald Ray 
Truitt, Phyllis McDaniel, Bradfor Mc- 
Daniel, Maxine Sievers, and Walter E. 
White. 



GRANDMOTHER'S RECEET 

Grandmother's Receet. Years ago when 
my mother was a bride, my Kentucky 
grandmother gave her "receet" for 
washing clothes. This treasured bit of 
writing now hangs above my gleaming 
automatic washer. 

1. Bild fire in back yard to het kettle of 
rain water. 

2. set tubs so smoke won't blow in eyes if 
wind is peart. 

3. shave 1 hole cake lie soap in bilin 
water. 

4. sort things, make 3 piles. 1 pile white. 1 
pile cullord. 1 pile werk briches and rags. 

5. stur flour in cold water to smooth then 
thin down with bilin water. 

6. rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, 
then bile, rub cullord but don't bile just 
rench and starch. 

7. take white things out of kettle with 
broom stick handel then rench blew and 
starch. 

8. spred tee towels on grass. 

9. hang old rags on fence. 

10. pore rench water in flower bed. 

11. scrub porch with hot sopy water. 

12. turn tubs upside down. 

13. go put on cleen dress, smoth hair with 
side combs, brew cup of tee, set and rest 
and rock a spell and count blessins. 

GRANDMA'S DAY 

ON THE FARM 

Grandmother on a winter's day, milked 

the cows, slopped the hogs, saddled the 

mule. 
Got the children off to school. Did a 

washing, mopped the floors. 
Washed the windows and did some chores. 
Cooked a dish of home dried fruit, pressed 

her husband's Sunday suit. 
Swept the parlor, made the bed, baked a 

dozen loaves of bread. 
Split some firewood and lugged it in — 

enought to fill the kitchen bin. 
Cleaned the lamps and put in oil, stewed 

some apples she though might spoil. 
Churned the butter, baked a cake, then 

exclaimed, "For goodness sake. 
The calves have got out of the pen"; 




Farmers helping a neighbor after a heart 
attack. Kneeling: Harold Musick. Darwin 
Musick. Clayton Greenarch, Arnold 



Musick, Frank Bowdre. Standing: George 
Day, John Blacker. Dick Dickerson, Floyd 
Bowdre, John Heath, William Musick. 




-WSITE HEATH. 

F. M. PEEL, Postmaster, Druggist. Pure Medi- 
cines, Fancy Goods, Notions, etc. Physicians 
Prescriptions carefully prepared, 

S. WEAVER & CO., Dealers in Grain, Ltun- 
ber, Coal, Salt, etc. 

J. A- FOSNAUGH, Carpenter, Contractor and 
Builder. 

W. S. DAWSON, Proprietor " White Heath * 
Carnage and Wagon Shop, Blacksmithing in 
all branches. 



SANGAMON TOWNSHIP. 

LODGE BROS., Farmers and dealers in Grain, 
Coal, Salt and Lumber. Lodge Station, Sec. ig. 

N, P. HEATH, Farmer, Stock Raiser and Grain 
Buyer. Section ly. P. O. White Heath. 

B. H. BENSON, Farmer and Stock Raiser- 
Breeder of Short-Homed Cattle, Clydesdale 
Horses, and Poland China Hogs. Section jj. 
P. O. Monticello. 



Went out, and chased them in again. 
Gathered the eggs and locked the stable — 

back to the house and set the table. 
Cooked a supper that was delicious. 
Afterward, washed up all the dishes. 
Fed the cat and sprinkled the clothes. 



mended a basketful of hose. 
The opened the organ and began to play, 
"When you come to the end of a perfect 

day." 

—Author unknown 



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WHITE HEATH BUSINESSES 

During the later part of the first decade 
of the 20th century some men around 
White Heath began to get interested in 
White Heath business. Oscar Thompson 
who operated a store in Centerville turned 
his attention to White Heath. Seymour 
White purchased the building owned by 
Earl Deland and stood just east of the 
depot. In 1905 he leased his building to Mr. 
Thompson and soon a fourth grocery store 
was in operation. In 1906 the coming of the 
Interurban took over the building owned 
by Mr. White as it was in the road of the 
new tracks, it had to be moved. Mr. 
Thompson sold his merchandise and 
goodwill to Robert Stewart and wife and 
they operated the business after the 
building was moved. 

In 1908 Mr. Thompson was back in 
business in the Interurban building in 
partnership with Earl Deland. They built a 
two story building where the present pool 
room stands and operated a general 
merchandise store. 

After a year or two they sold the building 
to Frank Blacker and the business to 
George Drexler. Mr. Thompson soon left 
town and Earl Deland became cashier of 
the New Sievers and Cline Bank. 

In 1913 William Jones of Cisco located a 
branch store in White Heath. Mr. Sievers 
bought the store building that had been 
built by Julius Flanigan and last used as a 
store by Europe Fosnaugh. The building 
was moved about a hundred feet east and 
two large rooms were added to the west of 
it. Mr. Jones opened a hardward, im- 
plement and furniture store in the 
building. Soon after another room was 
added to the east and Harry Sanford of 
Monticello opened a harness shop there. 
Later another room was added and George 
Clouser moved his barber shop to it. 
George and his wife soon took over the 
room built for the harness shop and for 
many years operated a restaurant and 
barber shop in the two rooms. 

Mr. Jones only was in White Heath for a 
couple years. Teats and Morton operated 
an implement store in the building for a 
few years. 





Ross Mitchell's Store: Reg Mitchell; 
Grace Stantz; Jeanette Blacker; Terry 

After Ross Mitchell's store burned in 
1885, he later built a small room between 
Mr. Peel's store and Dr. Henries office and 
located his Post Office there. The building 
had various uses from time to time, first as 
a butcher shop, and on a couple occasions 



Cresap; Sharon Hartsfield; Curtis Vance; 
Dobbins Jeff Fisher. 



was a barber shop and at one time the Ross 
Sisters operated a ladies and hat shop 
there. After the turn of the century the 
building was bought by Jerry Purcell and 
moved to his home northeast of town and 
used as a kitchen. 




Fred and Betty Miericke and Store. 



The Bank Building 

THE WHITE HEATH 
BANK STORY 

In 1874 Hiram Artman made the 
prediction that White Heath within another 
year would have a National Bank. Well, 
they never got the National Bank but after 
thirty years they did get a bank and Hiram 
Artman was instrumental in helping get it. 

In November 1906, Mr. Cline was elected 
County Treasurer. Mr. Cline had long felt 
the need of a bank to take care of the 
township and school fund of Sangamon 
Township. 

Mr. Cline, with the help of Hiram Art- 



man, John Heath, and others organized in 
1907 the J. F. Heath Banking Company of 
White Heath. A side room of Mr. Cline's 
store was used as a bank, and the same 
force that took care of the store and Post 
Office handled the business of the bank. 

In 1913 Mr. Cline died. His son Ona took 
over his interest in the band and the bank 
was reorganized under the name of 
Sievers and Cline and continued to operate 
in the Cline Building. 

William Alexander a farmer and stock- 
buyer was elected president of the White 
Heath State Bank when it was organized in 
1921. It was located in a modern bank 
building that Silas Sievers influenced the 
bank to erect in 1913. 

The State Bank of White Heath was in 
business until 1927 when it was sold to the 
Moore State Bank in Monticello. 



In memory of the late 
Lucy Wood Hicks. 

Sponsors 
Chris Koss family 
Earl Hicks family 
Charles Wood family 
Carl Wood family 
Clyde Wood family 
Ralph Trambley family 
Jack Wood family 




GRAIN ELEVATORS 
OF WHITE HEATH 

In 1895 J. C. Flanigan with a silent 
partner, his brother, John A. Flanigan, 
became more active in the grain business. 
At that time farmers had to scoop the 
grain into boxcars. 

Mr. Flanigan contrived a device that 
made it much easier for the farmer. He 
built a building at the high place along the 
railroad and made a high driveway into it. 
Once on the driveway it was easy to dump 
the grain into a huge box just under the 
floorboards and when the wagon was 
empty and moved out the boards were put 
back. A team of horses were hitched to a 
rope which with the use of pulleys was 
used to lift the box to the top of the elevator 
and then the grain was run into the boxcar. 

In 1903 William Murray built the first 
real elevator in White Heath. But it wasn't 
in use long for the storm in 1904 blew it 
down. This was a great loss because it had 
a 50,000 bushel capacity. 

In 1904 William Murray built the present 
elevator that was fifty percent larger. 

H.F. Hannah (ieneral Store 

i92:ito i9:t» 

In 1923 Hugh F. Hannah purchased the 
general store of Max Branch in White 
Heath. Mr. Hannah moved with his family 
to White Heath from Lodge where he had 
operated a similar store for several years. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hannah operated the store in 
White Heath until 1939 when it was sold to 
Ross Mitchell. 

Different from today's super-markets, 
this general store carried a wide variety of 
merchandise and was the source of many 
supplies to the residents of White Heath 
and the farmers of the surrounding area. 
In addition to groceries, many items of 



clothing, like men's overalls, hose, and 
yard goods were carried in stock. A busy 
cream and egg buying station was 
operated. The gas pump supplied fuel for 
the cars of this period. 

In contrast with today's shipping 
methods, railroad car loads of potatoes, 
sugar, and other staples were shipped in 
frequently. Also typical of those years 
were the truck loads of groceries, meats, 
and ice delivered to various farms for 
thresher's dinners. 

Assisting Mr. and Mrs. Hannah in the 
store at different times were Orville 
Kaufman, Ogal Greathouse, Fred Lanier 
and Ross Mitchell. Also helping were the 
four Hannah children, Phyllis, Mrs. 
Herbert Barnes of Seattle, Washington; 
Ardeth,Mrs. Charles Finson of Monticello; 
Lawrence, of St. Louis, Missouri; and 
Noel, who was killed in World War II. 

Two years after selling the store, Mr. 
Hannah passed away on October 4, 1941 in 
Champaign. Mrs. Hannah now lives at 506 
West Healey Street in Champaign 



WANTED 

Hired from my barn in White Heath on 
June 2, 1911, one roan mare, 11 years old, 
weight 11.50. Shod all around. Open bridle. 
Trots and paces in harness. Full fore top; 
black main and tail. Buggy steel tire; 3 
bow top; hole torn in top, and has been 
patched once; buggy used 6 or 7 years; 
new spoke been put in hind wheel and has 
no paint on it. Also has horse blanket 
covering seat. 

DESCRIPTION OF MAN — Height, 5 
feet, 10 inches. Weight, 175, Smooth faced; 
wearing a narrow rim stiff straw hat. 
Light grey suit of clothes. 

G.W. Teats, Owner. 

Address all communications to F. D. 
Duvall, Sheriff, Monticello, Illinois. 



Many young men and women born in or 
near the Village of White Heath became 
professional members of our state of 
Illinois: Arnold Sievers, attorney; Roy 
Cline, attorney; Horce White, attorney; 
Clarence Hughes, M.D.; Charles Branch, 
M.D.; Ralph Bushee, Dentist; Charles A. 
Olson, Jr., Civil Engineer; and many 
nurses and teachers. 



TELEPHONES 

Noble Heath was especially interested in 
phones. A young man by the name of John 
Kirkpatrick worked for Noble. James 
Heath and Kirkpatrick became good 
friends. Noble taught the boys how to 
make a wet cell battery and they put a 
phone in the house and connected to a 
phone in the barn. Then they connected a 
phone at James Heath's home a half mile 
aways. Noble had an aunt in White Heath 
and he connected a phone to her house. 
Then Dr. Davis wanted a phone connected. 
Finally the White Heath Telephone 
Company came into being. Each phone 
holder paid a fee of $40 and from then on 
they were charged a cent a day, $3.65 per 
year for the service. The operator earned 
35c per day. 




The family of the late Charles and Minnie 
Wood, who has been a resident of White 
Heath, since IllL'li. Secoiul row: .Stanley. 
Clyde. Delineth ( harles, ( arl Left to 
right: Frames Kckel. Mother, Jack, 
Grace, Lucv. Mabel. 



In memory of the late Charles and 
Minnie Wood. 



sponsors 
Chris Koss family 
Earl Hicks family 
Charles Wood family 
Carl Wood family 
Clyde Wood family 
Ralph Trambley family 
Jack Wood family 



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Sports in White Heath 

Sports is one active pastime which many 
people enjoy watching as well as par- 



ticipating. 

In the closing years of the 1800's and the 
beginning of the 190O's White Heath was 




White Heath Sox coached by Scoby 
Phillips and assisted by Don Win- 
terbottom. Left to right top row: Scoby 
Phillips, Steve Sprague, Kim Benson, Dan 
Seymour, Don Winterbottom. Second 
Row: Randy Eades, Jeff Phillips, Eric 



Benson, Don Reynolds, Jerry Perkins, 
Tom Menacher. Front Row: Doug Lilly, 
Rich Sebens, Tom Benson, Mike Win- 
terbottom, Jeff Painter, Eric Win- 
terbottom. 




noted for its great Football teams. 

In 1972 White Heath merchants are the 
sponsors for a small boys little league 
team, coached by Earl Pearce and Larry 
Mattox; the White Heath Cubs, coached by 
Butch Buchanan; The White Heath Sox, 
coached by Don Winterbottom, Scoby 
Phillips and Gene Kutz; and two pony 
league teams coached by Dick Harper and 
Bill Vaughn. 

This is the first year for the young boy's 
team and was formed because of the large 
amount of interest in baseball. The two 
little league teams were formed from the 
original Sox club just four years ago. 
Previous coaches of this first Sox team 
were John Blacker and Roy Phillips. In 
1960 Mr. Blacker's team won 1st. Mr. 
Phillips coached the team in 1966 when- 
they captured first place in the tour- 
nament and 1967 they won first place in the 
league competition. This honor returned to 
our town in 1970 when the cubs also cap- 
tured first place in league competition and 
also first place in the tournament under 
the coaching of Dick Harper and Rocky 
Winterbottom. In 1971, Butch Buchanan 
took a group of boys to Monticello for an 
AU-Star tourney. 

The Poney league was reorganized in 
1970 because there were many boys in- 
terested in playing who were not being 
given the opportunity to play in Monticello. 
Rather than see these boys deprived of this 
opportunity, Dick Branch and Joe Chalk 
Jr. graciously consented to assume the 
coaching duties of these youths. 

The parents have faithfully followed and 
worked just as hard as the Ball players. 
The Association purchased lights for the 
diamond. The men have worked hard to 
make the diamond as nice as it is. They 
even poured a new floor for the refresh- 
ment house. They have been very good in 
helping with the ground upkeep. The 
Moms supply the labor for selling pop, 
candy, and popcorn to help finance the 
teams. The boys furnish the entertainment 
which the Community really enjoy. 

Judy Harper Co-Treasurer 
White Heath Little and Pony Leagues. 




White Heath Cubs team, coached by Dick 
Harper and assisted by Ken Purcell. Front 
Row: Terry Cresap, Steve Carr, Bob 
Alexander, Danny Blacker, Jeff Wilson. 
Second Row: Steve Harper, Brett Doane. 



Third Row : Steve Alexander, Done Stone, 
Kenny Purcell, Barry Price, Terry 
Fogerson, Robert Rowland, Richard 
Rowland, Tim Fogerson. Back Row: 
Coaches Dick Harper and Ken PurcelL 



Basket-Bail Team 
Ruth Parnell, coach, lower-grades 
teacher: Leota Fosnaugh, Lalla Votrain, 
Rose Hosier, Beryl Freeman, Helen 
Purcell, Julia Filer. 




White Heath Little League 1963. Bottom 
Row: Eric Olson, Bruce Doane. Bill Olson, 
Rick Carr, John Whitlock. David Crow, 
Ray Moefield,. Standing: Scott Perry, 



Mark Greenarch, Randy Vance. Stan 
Blacker. Coach John Blacker. Jim 
Kallembach, Charles Cresap. Paul Nor- 
man. 




Top 1. to r.: Mr. Miller. Joe Filer. Charlie 
McDonald, Carl Ewing, Clark Blacker, 
James Heath, John Wrench, Mr. 



Luscaleet. Bottom 1. to r.: Roy Cline. 
Arthur McDonald. Fred Bensyl. Max 
Branch, Oscar Furnish and Arthur Heath. 




THE SPIT AND WHITTLE CLUB. John 
Perkins. Jeff Fisher. Dr. W. N. Sievers. 



THE WHITE HEATH 
SPIT AND WHITTLE CLUB 

Located in the corner of Junction and 
Orange streets is a building that has been 
there for several years. Many kinds of 
business have been located there through 
the years. 

At the present time located in the 
building which has been remodeled is a 
pool room and a very good restaurant 
owned by Harold and Doris Mansfield 
better known as Festus and Kitty. 

In front of the building is a Bench. This 
Bench replaced a bench that had been 
located in the same spot for years. This 
was and is a gathering place for men of the 
community to sit and visit. 

In our research we found a picture of the 



original Bench and a poem written in 1940 
by a former resident of White Heath about 
this Bench. It went like this: 

As I sped along the highway, 

On that bright and sunny morn 

I didn't know I was nearing 
The place where I was born. 

So I was shocked and quite dumbfounded 

When I begun to realize 
There was my old home town 

Right before my eyes. 

I decided to stop in for a bit 

to see if there was any change 

But I saw not one familiar face 
And every thing looked strange. 

So I got in the car and prepared to go 

I was feeling downhearted and blue 

There was really no point in staying here 
Where things were so strange and 



As I turned the corner and started to leave 
Imagine my great surprise 

There was the "Spit and Whittle" club 
Right before my eyes. 

There were "Tom and Dick and Harry" 
And maybe a couple more, 

They were spitting and whittling leisurely, 
In front of the same old store. 

It made my fond heart swell with pride, 
So I decided to stick around 

To think, in all my travels 

This familiar scene I'd found. 

As I sat down on that wooden bench, 

(I am not one to snub) 
I decided to spit and whittle a while 
With the "Spit and Whittle" club. 

"BHR" 




Clyde Woods, Marian Dyson. Hank Dyson, 
Jack Wood. 



DR. HENRIE 

Dr. Henrie was among the early 
settlers. Not long after he arrived he built 
a combination home and office in Block 8 
on Commercial street and the building 
still stands. 



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WHITE HEATH CLASS OF 1915 - back 
row, left to right, Harold Votrain, 
deceased: Fred Alexander, deceased; Ab 
Flanigan. Tuscola; Orville Grove, 
deceased; Guy DeLand. deceased: Homer 
Grove, deceased: Helen Taylor Wright, 
Monticello; Tessie Clouser Sievers, 
Bloomington; Wilma Furnish Claxton, 
Monticello: Robert Wrench, deceased; 
Leia Votrain Hosier, White Heath; W. K. 
Lemme (teacher). 2nd row, I. to r., Edna 
Freeman Mitchell, Monticello: Ethel 
Alexander Cox, Monticello: Ona Deland, 



SCHOOLS OF WHITE HEATH 

May 4, 1893 an election was held. White 
Heath and Hazel Del Schools were to be 
closed. May 14 they authorized a new two 
room school building. 

June 15 White Heath and Hazel Del were 
closed. 

On July 12 work began on the new White 
Heath School. Many called this The 
Academy. 




White Heath got two years of high school 



deceased; Kenneth Bensyl, deceased: 
Charlie Vinson, White Heath; Earl Cox, 
deceased: Hassett Smith, deceased; 
Jewell Dilsaver, Charleston; Dr. Edwin 
Grove, deceased. 1st row, I. to r., Fred 
Fisher, White Heath; Dale Alexander, 
deceased: Hazel Fisher, White Heath; 
Jean Scott Flanigan, Tuscola; Edna 
Vinson, Texas: Hazel Plunk Fhelger, 
Decatur: Susie Votrain, Peoria: Harold 
Smith, Chicago. The class includes grades 
3 though 10. 



after the Academy was built in 1893. 

No doubt their two year high school 
reached its zenith under the leadership of 
Mr. Alfred Ewington. He was misun- 
derstood by the adults and loved by all 
students. His favorite subjects were 
foreign languages and the sciences. When 
he took walks through the Village he 
usually read aloud from one of his favorite 
books. 

Mr. Ewington only taught in White 
Heath for three years. 

THE SCHOOL REUNION 
OF 1912 

The Academy, as the school was af- 
fectionately called by most of the early 
students, meant a lot to many of its former 
pupils. Some had graduated and gone on to 
college and others had gone into successful 
business ventures with no further 
schooling. 

Three of these decided to have a reunion 
of all the students who attended the 
Academy during the time from its building 
in 1893 to the end of the term in 1903. Those 
three were Dr. Ralph Bushee, a dentist in 
Monticello; Ona Cline, a successful in- 



surance agent in Monticello; and Pat 

Hughes, a furniture dealer in Champaign. 

With the help of others that had gone to 

school at that time they made up a list and 

sent tfiem a special invitation. The 

following was the invitation. 

Monticello, Illinois 
July 30, 1912 

TO 

For sometime there has been a desire 
among some of the former pupils of the 
White Heath Academy to hold a reunion. 
The undersigned, once pupils, now old 
men, have taken upon themselves the 
liberty of starting the ball. 

We have fixed September 14th and 15th 
as the date. 

On Saturday, September 14th, we will 
meet in Cline's Hall to register, talk over 
old times and tell of the money that we 
haven't made. 

On Saturday evening at seven-thirty 
O'clock, the ladies of the U.B. and M.E. 
churches will serve an excellent banquet 
for us, after which all will be given a 
chance to 'spell' to their heart's content. 

On Sunday an all day picnic will be held 
at the "Tank" 

We would be pleased to have every 
member that attended the White Heath 
Academy from the time it was built until 
1903. We have taken names from the school 
registers, but some years were incomplete 
and we are not sure that we have all the 
names of the pupils that attended in the 
time above mentioned. We enclose a list of 
the names to whome we have invitations 
and if you know of any omitted, please let 
us know at once. 

If you have any old pictures, papers or 
anything connected with the school that 
would be interesting please send or bring 
with you when you come. 

This will probably be the only 
correspondence that we will send out, so 
please do not forget the date and be sure to 
come. 

Please let us hear from you whether or 
not you can be present, that arrangements 
can be made accordingly. Write to either 
of the undersigned. 

Dempsey and Bushee 

P.S. —This invitation also includes any 
human being which you may have 
acquired since you were in school. 

LIST OF GIRLS 

Jennie Bates, Rosetta Dungan, Belle 
Dungan Cox, Estella Bushee, Ethel 
Goldtrap Stark, Bertha Duvall Ankeny, 
Maggie Flanagan, Effie Deland Branch^ 
Nyra Deland, Stella Furnish, lamo 
Williams, Florence Coyle McFetters, 
Katie Hughes Mullin, Lola Luscaleet 
McDonald, Jennie Wanger. 

Cynthia Flanagan, Etta Wright, Rachel 
Wrench, Mable Heath Fell. Pearl Bensyl, 
Myrtle Bensyl, Ethel Hott. Flossie Mit- 
chell, Bessie Deland. Vira Deland Scott, 
Linda Deland, Lola Furnish, Maida 
Luscaleet, Pearl Luscaleet, Lela Blunt. 

May Wrench, Bessie Hughes, Frances 
Flanagan, Jessie Mitchell, Bertha 



Bradley, Myrtle Mitchell, Eva Scott. Ethel 
Bradley Olson, Madge White, Lillian 
Heath, Zoe Bachard, Sylvia Duvall, 
Florence Rankin, Ruth Dillavou, Grace 
Blacker. 

Jean Heath, Edna Heath, Grace 
Fosnaugh, Lucille Fosnaugh, Letitia 
Primmer Brame, Hildred Plunk, Merle 
Grady, Blanche Purcell, Ora Heath, 
Bessie McDonald, Jessie Mitchell, Delia 
Mitchell Fox, Lois Johnson, Pearl Fur- 
nish, Treva Grove White. 

Grace Wright, Lena Wrench Roberts, 
Merle Flanigan, Claudia Henry Capps, 
Mayme Hughes MuUin, Minnie Perry 
Deland, Nellie Rankin Barker. 
LIST OF BOYS 

Earl Deland, Roy Cline, Roy Williams, 
Thomas Flanigan, John Hughes, Patsy 
Hughes, Carl Mitchell, Charles Sawyer, 
Ed. Bates, Leonard Luscaleet, William 
Bradley, Charles Cox, Newton Luscaleet, 
Luther C. Cox, James Hickman. 

Clint Vinson, Harley Deland, Wilbur 
Primmer, Clark Blacker, George Jones, 
George Furnish, Lewis Furnish, Robert 
Mullin, Eddie Wishall, Harry Fell, Frank 
Unangst, Thomas Mullen, Oscar Furnish, 
Cahrles McBride, Walter Wrench. 

Corria Cline, Jesse Williams, Clark 
Flanigan, Harry Hart, Arthur Fosnaugh, 
James Hart, William Bates, Ward Deland, 
Claud Flanigan, Fred Bensyl, Fred 
Bacherd, Errie Furnish, Roy Rankin, 
Homer Wrench, Claude Morris. 

Harley Hickman, Jess Cox, Fred Cox, 
William Hickman, Arthur McDonald, 
Seymour White, Thomas Hughes, Ben- 
jamin Mitchell, Henry Mitchell, Clarence 
Mitchell, Fred Dwing, Carl Dewing, 
Homer Foraker, Lewis Spenser, William 
Spenser. 

Ralph Bushee, Ona Cline, Calvin Cade, 
William Mitchell, Harley Fosnaugh, 
William Fosnaugh, James Heath, Arthur 
Heath, Lester Nickel, Chester Rankin, 
Glenn Deland, Clarence Hughes, Verne 
Purcell, Mell Campbell, Grant Olson. 

Mell White, Arlie Alexander, Jack 
Luscaleet, Harry Groves, John Kirk- 
patrick, Webster Plimpton, William 
Mitchell, Clater Mitchell, William Coyle, 
Alva McDaniels, Frank Wrench, George 
Hickman, Harry Plunk, Arthur Bradley, 
Charles Bradley 

The weather was beautiful and about 
three hundred attended. We do not know of 
any attempt to have another reunion. 




Lalla Hosier 




FIRST, Second, Third and Fourth grades 
of White Heath School 19,18-1939. Back 
Row: Lloyd Unangst, Porter Heath 

(deceased) Robinson. 3rd row: 

Mrs. Harshbarger, teacher; Curtis Tabor, 
Roy Phillips. Ronnie Unangst, Marilyn 
Mitchell Hayes, Mary Bernice Alexander 
Griffet, Bessie Phillips Nichols. 2nd row: 



Deborah Dobbins. Bobby Head. Wesley 
Tabor, Charles York (deceased) Betty 
Vinson Hayes, Melissa Dobbins Cham- 
bers. 1st row: Robinson, Audrey 

Vinson Reynolds. Phyllis Alexander 
Perkins. Morris Valentine, Maxine Mit- 
chell Barnhard, Barbara Richard Ellis, 
Nola Mitchell Milton. Romana Valentine. 




FIRST. Second, Third and Fourth Grades 
of White Heath School 1941-1942. Back row, 
left to right: Joyce Koss Ashworth, Audrey 
Vinson Reynolds. Deborah Dobbins, 
Phyllis Alexander Perkins, Richard 

Spurling Dunn, Juanita Beard 

Alexander, Teacher: Martha Hurley. 2nd 



row: Myra Primmer, Edith York Smith, 
Lee Ilia Walden Early, Nola Mitchell 
Milton. Ellen Rose Hurley. Betty Chum- 
bley. Mary Hurley. Front row: Richard 
Heath. Wayne Alexander. Leslie Skeels, 
Leonard SpursHng. Ross Mitchell. Chris 
Koss. John Claxton. 




Jack Wood. Ruth Mitchell, Dorothy Grove, 
Leta Cobb, Mrs. Harshbarger, Betty Cobb, 
Leiand Lanier, Bill Lyon. Front row: 



Marian York, Martha Ann Heath, lona 
Vermillion. Hubert Hickman. John 
Flanigan. Sandy Vinson, Ellen Lyons. 









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White Heath School, May Pole Dance 1914. 
Left to right: Hazel Plunk, Eda Whitly, 
Edna Freeman, Edna Vinson, Wilma 
Furnish, Alpha Whitly. Helen Teats. Susie 
Votrain, Julia Berry, Jean Scott, Frances 
Scott, Ethel Alexander. 



Bradford (Brad) 
Bowdre. One of 
the favorite White 
Heath School Bus 
drivers. 




Girl Scouting 

Girl Scouting is relatively new in White 
Heath. About ten vears ago. girls in second 
and third grades were given the op- 
portunity to join the Brownies. Thus began 
Troop 246 Brownie Troop with eleven 
young ladies under the leadership of Mrs. 
Paul Lilly and her assistant Mrs. Gene 
Reynolds. 

The original troop consisted of Pam and 
Dianna Humes; Diane Burke; Deb Har- 
per; Debbie Reynolds; Dixie Kelly; Debby 
Rhoades; Karen Wood; Sue Lilly; Julie 
Olson; Gail Stanley. 

Now Scouting offers opportunity for 
Brownie age girls whose troop is led by 
Mrs. Robert Kallembach who has nine 
girls in her troop. A girl scout troop led by 
Mrs. Don Rex, Mrs. Leiand Lourash, and 
Mrs. Richard Harper, who have 24 active 
girls in the troop, and a Cadette troop in 
Monticello which several girls joined. 

Scouting has given many girls the 
chance to jjerform services for others, to 
learn how to be a better citizen.as well as a 
learning experience, camping or some 
other Troop event. The girls have 
presented Senior Citizens with Fire 
buckets, with home made cookies, and 
have offered to serve as errand runners, to 
clean up yards, etc. They have gone 
camping, had cook-outs, gone swimming 
and skating to help the girls to earn 
badses. 

To help finance their activities, the girls 
sell cookies armually. 

Mrs Richard Harper (Assistant leader of 
Troop 426). 




Girl Scout Troop 426 on bike hike with their 
leader, Mrs. VeVonne Cresap, adults to 
help: Louise Cresap and Judy Harper. 
They met at Lodge Park where Dave 
Hartsfield gave a talk on the parts and 
care of a bike. The girls rode to Buck's 
Pond for nature hike. On the way to White 
Heath, stopped to see the old Scout cabin, 
grist mill, and old cemetery. Those at- 



tending were left to right: Beth Harper, 
Louise Cresap. Kathy Hartsfield, Becky 
Norman. Rose Burton, Susan Cannon, 
Janis Rex, Lisa Mumm, Tammy Cresap, 
Melinda Kallembach, Penny Day, Robin 
Rudisill. Cheryl Rudisill, Linda Lilly, 
Kathy Lourash, Judy Harper, YeVonne 
Cresap (leader). Kim Vaughn, Diana 
Pontious, and Paula Branch. 



I HAD THREE NAMES IN 
FORTY-EIGHT HOURS 

Helen Taylor was one of twelve children 
born to Enos Taylor and his wife. When his 
wife died, the children had to live with 
other families and Helen was taken to 
raise in 1904 by the George Teats family. 
She was four years old at that time. 

Helen lived with the Teats family until 



1916 when she was to be married to Charles 
Wright. The George Teats had never 
adopted her. But when she was to get 
married they decided to adopt her just 
forty-eight hours before she was married. 

So within the forty-eight hours her name 
was changed from : Helen Taylor to Helen 
Teats and them to Mrs. Charles Wright. 
Helen now lives in Monticello. 



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Thanksgiving Day at George DeLand's 
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Perry, Mr. and Mrs. 
Earl DeLand. Mr. and Mrs. Jake Perry, 
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Perry. Mr. and Mrs. 
George DeLand, holding Genevieve Perry, 
daughter of Jake. Mrs. Steve Perry, 
holding Sara Perry, daughter of Jim; 

THE DELAND FAMILY 

Squire and Hannah (Butler) Deland. 
Squire was born on 19th of December 1788 
and Hannah was born August 27, 1794. 

Squire Deland pursued a common school 
education in Rutland, Vermont; then he 
entered upon his business career there as a 
Wagon maker. He followed the trade until 
he left Vermont in the fall of 1837 to live in 
Union County Ohio. He then turned his 
attention to agricultural pursuits and 
purchased a farm of 120 acres which he 
operated until his death on the 22nd of 
April, 1858, 

He married Hannah Butler on December 
14, 1809. To them nine children were born: 
Amy M., Harrieta, Lucy M., Mariette, 
James, Charles, Edward, Hannah, and 
George. 

James Deland, born August 31, 1821, was 
married to Emily Abbott. He came to 
Sangamon Township Illinois in 1872. Mr. 
Deland and Col. Thomas Snell received a 
contract to build a railroad from a junction 
on the Monticello rail road to Havana. 

On March 15, 1872 Mr. Deland bought 160 
acres of land where White Heath is today. 
For the next seven or eight years almost 
everything done in White Heath was 
directly or indirectly connected with 
James Deland. The Village of Deland was 
named for James. 

George Deland was born in Ritland, 



Steve Perry holding Robert Perry, son of 
Jake: Lula Perry, daughter of Floyde; 
Lola Pearl DeLand, daughter of Earl; 
Minnie Perry, daughter of Floyd; Harry 
Perry, son of Jim; Edward Perry, son of 
Jake; Earl Perry, son of Floyde. 



Vermont October 19, 1832. In one of the old 
schoolhouses in Ohio seated with slab 
benches and supplied with other primitive 
furnishings George pursued his education 
through three months of the winter term. 
In the summer he worked with his father 
on the farm until he had attained his 
majority. He also taught school for three 
winter seasons. 

In early manhood he was married to 
Miss Ellen A. Converse November 3, 1853. 
She was the daughter of Darius and Lois 
M. Smith Converse. 

Mr. and Mrs. Deland rented a farm near 
Plain City, Ohio where they lived for about 
seven years. He then turned his attention 
to merchandising in Churchery, Union 
County Ohio in 1860 until the Civil War. He 
enlisted on the 16th of August 1862. He 
participated in the battle of Champion Hill 
and Perryville on the 8th of October 1862, 
the Battle of Chickamaugo September 2, 
1863, Look Out Mountain November 20, 
1863, and the battle of Kenesaw Mountain 
on June 22, 1864. In the battle at 
Chickamuga he was wounded and for two 
months lay in the hospital. Then he 
returned to participate in the battle of 
Kenesaw Mountain and was wounded 
again. He was discharged on the 24th of 
February 1865. He was on crutches but 
ultimately he obtained a position in a 
railroad office at Union City, Indiana. He 
worked at this job for two years. After that 
he rented a tract of land near Union City 



where he resided until 1881 when he came 
to White Heath, Illinois. Here he erected a 
store building and stocked it with a general 
line of goods carrying on the business for 
two years. His store was destroyed by fire, 
after which he purchased two blocks of 
ground in 1885 and began raising small 
fruit. In addition he carried the mail on the 
rural route in White Heath. 

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Deland five children 
were born: Linda born June 1855, died 
October 17, 1859; Ernest who was born 
February 2, 1857 was married to Mary E. 
Alexander, died August 7, 1896; Edward R. 
born March 5, 1862 was married August 10, 
1883 to Etta Teats; Lola M. born June 9, 
1867, she married B. R. White; Earl born 
May 8, 1878 was married February 23, 1901 
to Minnie Perry. 




Mrs. Mary E. DeLand 

Ernest Deland came to White Heath with 
his father in 1881. He was married to Mary 
E. Alexander. They had eight children: 
Harley, Elma, Effie, Harry, Vira, and 
Glen. 

During the early 80's Ernest opened up a 
store on the railroad property. He pur- 
chased some of this land in 1883. His 
daughter Vira who married Ed. Scott still 
makes her home in White Heath. 

Edward Deland, brother of Ernest, 
worked for the railroad and broke his arm 
serving as a brakeman. Because of the 
accident he was given a lifetime job with 
the railroad. He became station agent at 
White Heath. He held this position for 
several years. 




Votrain Family 
Mrs. and Mr. Leon Votrain, Susie 
Seymour, Bonnie Greathouse, Lalla 
Hostler, Fern Smith, Olive Seymour. 




NOBLE PORTER HEATH II 

Noble Porter Heath II was born on 
August 3, 1875, the third child and first son 
of Noble Porter Heath I who was born in 
Ross County Ohio in 1839 and came to Piatt 
County Illinois in 1840. 

His mother, Elizabeth Hevel was born in 
1836 in what was then a settlement known 
as Charleston. Mrs. Hevel was previously 
married and after her husband and only 
two children as well as her parents died in 
an epidemic, she moved to Centerville 
where she taught school for several years. 

Heath's paternal grandfather, David 
Heath, moved to Piatt County several 
families from pickaway and Ross Counties 
Ohio because of the rich farmland. 

David Heath returned to Ohio the 
following winter after settling in Piatt to 
collect notes from the sale of his estate. He 
never returned. 

The family suspected that he had met 
with foul play. They were told later by a 
stranger passing through that David 
Heath had died of pneumonia and that he 
had bufled him with all the money he had 
in his possession. 

Heath's father, a self-educated man, 
raised cattle and horses. When the 
railroad began making plans to come 
through Piatt County in the early 1870's, 
the land where White Heath now stands 
was owned by Frank White. 

White had a disagreement with the 
railroad and did not want to sell his land 
for right of way outright to the company 
but did not want to hold up progress in the 
community. 

He sold the land to Porter Heath I who in 
turn sold the right of way to the railroad. 
Hence the town of White Heath was 
named. 

Heath I bought the land in 1870 for about 
25 dollars per acre and built a large house 



in 1879. It burned to the ground in 1895 
when a careless farmhand tossed a match 
into a cob basket. 

The home now standing was built in 1896 
on the same site. 

The farm once had the largest barn in 
Piatt County. It was built in 1883 and was 
destroyed by fire in 1945. 

Noble P. Heath II took over the farm 
after his father died. The livestock was 
sold and the operation was changed to a 
grain farm. 

In 1902 Heath married Nell Ambrose of 
Champaign. They had one daughter, 
Elizabeth Heath Alexander Stutzenstein, 
now living in Decatur. 

From 1910 to 1925, Heath operated a 
dairy farm than known as the Elms Dairy 
Farm. In 1911, his first wife died and he 
and his daughter moved in with his mother 
and sister, Lillian. 

In 1926 he married Frances Scott, who 
died in 1930. The second marriage 
produced two children: Martha Ann and 
Porter Heath III. 

Heath and his two children then made 
their home with his sister and her 
husband, George Haines. 

In 1933 and 34 Heath worked at the Piatt 
County Farm Bureau with the wheat 
program. Following his sister's death in 
1939, he married Mabel Smith of Mon- 
ticello and again moved back to his home. 
Mabel died in 1947. 

Heath was active in the Methodist 
Church of Monticello for many years. He 
taught Sunday School classes, was 
delegate to the Illinois Conference, was a 
charge lay leader for 10 years, served on 
the official board and board of trustees 
many years and held the office of 
treasurer for 25 years. 




In 1962, he and his daughter and family 
were chosen by the Monticello Methodist 
Church "Family of the Year." 

Heath was an active member of the 



White Heath Community Club. He helped 
in the construction of the present Club 
Building in 1944 and was a member of the 
band. 

During World War II he was home 
service chairman for the American Red 
Cross Piatt County Chapter. 

He was a member of the Monticello High 
School board of directors at the time of 
construction of the present building. 

His hobby was binding books. 

Until his death he had living with him 
besides his daughter and her husband and 
their daughters, Paula, Gail, Colleen and 
Teresa; his son's two children, Karen and 
Noble Porter Heath IV. His son Noble 
Porter Heath III and his wife died in 1959. 

He had three other grandchildren: 
Richard Alexander, Noel Alexander, and 
Nell Beadles. He had eight great great 
grandchildren. 

Noble Porter Heath II died October 24, 
1968 age 93. 

John McDowell White 
Family History 

John M. White, the first of the family to 
come to Piatt County, was born in 
Franklin county, Ohio, Jan. 27th, 1817. He 
was the sixth generation directly 
descending from Peregrin White who was 
born Nov. 20, 1620, on the Mayflower as it 
stood in Cape Cod Harbor. 

In 1843 John M. White was married to 
Jane Huffman who died in 1845, leaving 
two children, Ophelia and Frank, who was 
owner of the land purchased for White 
Heath. 

In 1849 John M. White married Rebecca 
H. Williams. Six children were born to this 
union; Benjamin R., Vincent I., Sara 
White Calef, John M. White and Mary 
(Mayme) White Williams. 

In the fall of 1864, John M. White moved 
his family to Piatt County, Illinois. He 
purchased 280 acres in Sangamon 
Township. The home farm is now being 
operated by Ralph Manuel and Ruby 
White Manuel, a great grandaughter of 
John M. The Harry Perry family live on 
another part of the original farm, and Mr. 
Perry is a great grandson of John M. Lois 
and James Bell reside on another tract of 
the original farm. Lois is a great gran- 
daughter. Eighty acres, farmed by Walter 
White and owned by Francis White, is also 
a portion of the acreage p"rchased in 1864. 
They, too, are great grandsons of John M. 
White. 

Many great grandchildren and one 
grandchild live in the area who are 
grandchildren of Benjamin White. 

Mrs. Eva Chapel, Monticello. 111., is the 
youngest daughter of Vincent I. White and 
Lois Cain Bell, previously mentioned, is 
his grandaughter. 




THE CLINE FAMILY 

John and Letitia Cline were natives of 
Ohio, coming from Pickaway County, that 
state, to Illinois at an early day. They 
entered a claim from the government, 
thereby becoming the owner of a tract of 
land in Piatt County and in the course of 
years they improved about eight hundred 
acres. He aided largely in the progress of 
county and this section of the state 
acknowledged its indebtedness to him for 
the work which he performed in advancing 
civilization here. His death occurred on the 
25th of March 1860 when he was living upon 
his farm two miles northeast of White 
Heath that is where White Heath now 
stands. His wife, born April 7, 1817, lived 
on the farm for many years after his 
death. She had six children to raise. 

Jacob H. Cline was born in Sangamon 
Township August 25, 1851. He was the fifth 
child to be born to John and Letitia. When 
small he became a student in a little 
schoolhouse that stood where the White 
schoolhouse stood later about a half mile 
north of where White Heath is today. Later 
he attended the Hazel Del school. His 
education was somewhat limited for it was 
necessary that he should assist his mother. 
He was only nine years of age when his 
father died. He lived at home until 
nineteen years of age when he married and 
started a life of his own. It was on the 13th 
of February 1870 that he married Miss 
Josephine Knott, (the daughter of a 
Centerville doctor). 

J. H. Cline's share of his father's estate 
was then under vontrol of the second 
guardian, S. R. Reed, of Monticello. 

Mr. Cline took his bride to his farm and 
continued its cultivation for two or three 
years. He then traded the property with his 
younger brother Ezra Cline and in the 2nd 
or 3rd transfer he came into possession of 
the home farm which he cultivated for two 
years. He then traded that property with 
John A. Flanagan and became the owner 
of 120 acres of land near White Heath. He 
erected a new house, built a barn, planted 
an orchard, and made other improve- 
ments. 

Mr. Cline was born and raised a staunch 
Democrat. But he was converted to 
Republicanism before his 21st birthday. He 
was elected Supervisor in 1883. In 1906 he 
was elected County Treasurer. 

He bought Mr. Charles Smith's store. 
Soon after gaining possession of the store 
he was appointed postmaster. 

Mr. Cline combined the Post Office and 
store which was largely a grocery with a 
small line of drygoods and shoes. He was 
always a very congenial man. Frank 
Wrench stated he could never understand 
how Mr. Cline could be so patient with the 
stream of school children who came for the 
mail after each train came in. At that time 
they always had at least four mails each 
day. 

Outside of politics he had few criticizers. 

Mr. Cline became the owner of Smith's 



Hall over his store, and he remodeled it 
soon after by placing a stairway on the 
outside. After that it was labeled Cline's 
Hall. 

Ona Cline, his son, organized Cline's 
band in 1895. 

THE FURNISH FAMILY 

Samuel Furnish was one of the oldest 
settlers of Piatt County. He was born in 
Kentucky in 1822 and was only two years 
old when he accompanied his parents on 
their removal to this locality. He made his 
home here until his death which occurred 
in 1869. He cleared and broke a large 
amount of land which was originally 
covered with heavy growth of timber and 
became the owner of considerable 
property though prior to his death he 
disposed of much of it, though he still 
retained about 160 acres. He was educated 
in an old log schooohouse such as is 
generally found in a pioneer settlement 
and in his younger days drove cattle from 
this county to New York City where prices 
were enough better to pay him for so 
doing. He married Miss Catherine Coon, a 
daughter of Henry and Ruth Clemens 
Coon, who were from Ohio. They had six 
children: James, John, George, William, 
Charles, and Frank. 

John C. Furnish received a common 
school education beginning his studies in 
what was known as the Hughes 
schoolhouse which was a log structure 
with puncheon floors, slab seats and a desk 
made by placing boards on wooden pins 
driven into the wall. During the early 
residence of the family in this state, deer 
were known to have eaten salt out of the 
troughs his father had fixed for the cattle 
and horses and all kinds of wild game were 
then abundent. He aided his father in the 
cultivation of the farm. After his father 
died he worked out for one season. Then he 
returned home and took charge of the farm 
until the estate was settled. It was noted 
that he raised melons. He would plant 10 to 
12 acres of melons. He really made White 
Heath famous for its good melons. 

On April 30, 1874 Mr. Furnish was 
married to Miss Cynthia Blacker, a 
daughter of Guston and Ann Blacker. To 
this union eleven children were born: 
George, Frank, Lewis, Oscar, Errie, 
Ollie, Stella, Lola, Pearl, and Wilma. One 
child died in infancy. 

THE TIPPETT FAMILY 

Cumberland Tippett's birth occurred in 
Licking County Ohio about the year 1834. 
He was a merchant and also devoted some 
time to farming and to preaching the 
gospel as a local minister. 

He became an early settler of White 
Heath and his influence for good was 
widely felt. In his ministerial capacity he 
was called upon to perform the marriage 
ceremony of many couples in Piatt and 
adjoining counties. He was ever the friend 
of progress, reform and improvement, and 



his influence was ever given on the side of 
right and justice. His death was oc- 
casioned by accident on October 2, 1875 at 
which time he fell from an apple tree. Mr. 
Tippett had two children: Florence M., 
and James C. 

Florence became a doctor. She was 
married to Dr. B.C. Duvall. 

James C. Tippitt was reared and 
educated at White Heath. He went to the 
University of Illinois in Urbana and then 
returned to his home and engaged in 
farming and stock raising, making a 
specialty of feeding hogs and cattle. He 
continued farming until May 1900 when he 
was nominated on the Republican ticket to 
the office of Circuit Clerk and was elected 
the following fall. 

On the 5th of October 1898 occurred the 
marriage of Mr. Tippitt and Mattie 
Jamison. Mr. Tippitt became interested in 
the newspaper business, and became 
publisher of a Monticello paper. His son, 
Darrell Tippitt, followed into the 
newspaper business and owned the Piatt 
County Republican until he sold it. After 
which he was Managing Editor of the 
newspaper Piatt County Journal- 
Republican. He just recently retired from 
the paper and has a state job. 




Charles Mitchell Family 
Charles. Ada, Carl. Floss. Jesse, and Reg. 




Carl V. Mitchell family 
Tessie, Lynn, George. Ross. Glenn. 



THE FISHER FAMILY 

John Fisher, a native of Frederick 
County Virginia, was born on the 9th day of 
August 1808. He obtained a common school 
education in the old Doninion. In 1836 he 
was united in marriage to Miss Clme and 
in 1839 they moved to Piatt County Illmois. 
This being then a frontier region m which 
the work of progress and improvement 
had been scarcely begun. For miles 
stretched the wild prairie unclaimed and 
unimproved. Mr. Fisher took up his abode 
upon a tract of land and developed a farm 
which continued to be his home for four- 
teen years. In the early days he and his 
family endured many hardships and trials 
incident to pioneer life. He broke the 
prairie with one of the old-time plows, 
driving an oxen team. He raised wheat and 
corn for market. He hauled his wheat to 
Chicago for there was only one other flour 
mill, and this was in Springfield, but prices 
were better in Chicago. He first made the 
trip with oxen teams and later by horse 
teams. His wheat sold for thirty-seven and 
a half cents per bushel, while pork brought 
one dollar and fifty cents per hundred 
weight. He harvested his wheat and corn 
with a sickle and shocked it all by hand. 
The home was a log cabin. After a few 
years Mr. Fisher purchased a farm of 340 
acres on which he resided until his death 
April 11, 1863. His wife died on May 11, 1849 
at the advanced age of 83. Their children 
were: Jacob, George W., Mary Ann, John, 
Martha, Sarah Malissa, Hiram, David, 
James, Serelda C, Margaret and Ezra. 
Jacob Fisher received his education in 
the public school system of Piatt County. 
He gained his lessons sitting upon a slab 
bench in a log schoolhouse and wrote 
exercises upon a plank desk. There were 
puncheon floors and old fashioned 
fireplaces. 

Mr. Fisher worked upon his father's 
farm and attended school when he could. 
He was the eldest of twelve children so he 
was needed to help on the farm so his 
educational privileges were, therefore, 
hmited. 

He was married to Mary Ann Morse, a 
daughter of Henry Morse, of Mahomet. At 
the time of his marriage Mr. Fisher began 
farming upon his father's land and thus 
engaged until two years after his father's 
death. He then purchased land of his own, 
a part of the Cline tract, and continued 
farming until 1898 when he rented the 
place and moved to White Heath. Around 
1901 he sold his farm to William Alexander 
and purchase a house and a half block of 
land in the Village. 

THE FOSNAUGH FAMILY 

Ezra and Eliza Bushee Fosnaugh were 
natives of Fairfield County Ohio and in the 
year 1856 came to Illinois. They journeyed 
westward by wagon to Macoupin County 
where they remained one winter and then 
continued on their way to Piatt County. 
Here he carried on agricultural pursuits 



near where White Heath is today until his 
death, which occurred on the 1st of Oc- 
tober 1873 when he was 50 years of age. He 
and his wife had eight children: Austin, 
Selina, Theodore, Elifus, Europe L., Dora 
Alice, Laura Belle, and Erwin. 

Europe L. Fosnaugh pursued a common 
school education in the Prairie Dell School. 
His studies were pursued through the 
winter months while during the summer 
he worked with his father on the farm. He 
entered upon an independent business 
career as a farm hand, working for $18 per 
month. He continued in that way for about 
four years. He next rented a farm which he 
cultivated for a year. He then accepted a 
clerkship in his brother's store in Lane, 
Dewitt County where he remained for 
three years. Then he rented a farm for one 
season and then embarked in business for 
himself as a proprietor of a pool and 
billard hall in Tolono, Illinois. He con- 
ducted it for three years and on selling it 
took charge of his brother's store in Lane. 
There continuing as a merchant for 15 
years, when he purchased the store in 
White Heath. He carried a large and well 
selected line of dry goods, boots, shoes, 
and groceries. He also rented and con- 
ducted a hotel in White Heath. 

On the 23rd of March 1874 Eruope 
married Miss Ida J. Graham. To this union 
six children were born: Harlie, Garah, 
Grace Jane, Lucile, William, and Leota. 

THE TEATS FAMILY 

Mathias and Mary Puffinbarger Teats. 
He was a native of Ross County Ohio, born 
August 11, 1818 and was a shoemaker. He 
married in Ross County Ohio in 1840 and in 
1856 he moved with his family to Piatt 
County Illinois taking up his abode upon a 
farm near the land where White Heath was 
later built. The farm was where the Camp 
Creek Cemetery is today. Unto him and his 
wife were born five children: Maria 
Louisa, Mary Elizabeth, Caroline Marian, 
Jane, and George W. . , . 

George W. Teats was born in Adelphi, 
Ross County Ohio on the 30th day of August 
1854 and came to Sangamon Township 
Illinois with his parents in 1856. He was 
educated in the common school, attended 
Camp Creek School through the winter 
months and worked upon his father's farm 
in the summer. 

George W. continued with his father 
until October 29, 1886 when he was united 
in marriage to Miss Barbara E. Trotter, a 
daughter of Hiram and Lydia Maria 
Allman Trotter, of Champaign County. 
Mr. and Mrs. Teats had a daughter, Lydia, 
who was born January 16, 1889. 

Mr. and Mrs. Teats began their domestic 
life upon the Plunk farm which he rented 
for two years and afterwards rented the 
Jehu Trotter farm which was their home 
for the same length of time. They moved to 
Nebraska but only lived there one season 
then returned to Piatt County. Mr. Teats 
purchased of W. P. Smith 30 acres of land 



in Sangamon Township. He operated it for 
several years. He then moved to White 
Heath where he engaged in the livery 
business and in carpentering for 4 years. 
He purchased 10 acres of land within the 
town limits and in September 1902 bought 9 
acres upon which he raised fruits, in- 
cluding pears of all kinds and also 
peaches, plums and cherries. He made a 
specialty of strawberries and black- 
berries. He and his family lived in a nice 
home only a short distance from the center 
of White Heath. 







Nora Hickman 

THE HICKMAN FAMILY 

William Hickman came to White Heath 
in 1855 with his wife and nine children and 
lived there until his death in 1880. One son 
was killed in the civil war. The other 
children were: Elizabeth, Louisa, Maraia, 
Susan, Martha, Emma, John, and Harvey. 

Harvey married Maria Teats and they 
had ten children: Franklin, Maggie, 
Elizabeth, Mary, Jennice, Charles, Sarah, 
George, James and William. 

William married Nora Sprinkle and had 
three children: Irvin, Roscoe, and Opel. 

Irvin married Margaret Pyle and had 
one son; Hubert. 

Roscoe married Florence Pitson and 
had one daughter: Juanita. 

Opel married Roy Vermillion and had 
two children: Roscoe and lona. 

Hubert, son of Irvin, married Stella 
Cody and had two children: Sheila and 
Pamela. 

There has been four generations 
graduated from the White Heath School. 
Irvin served for several years as Town 
Clerk of Sangamon Township, and also 
school board member Hubert is now 
serving as school board member. 



THE BUSHEE FAMILY 

Jacob and Elizabeth Gettings Bushee 
were natives of Pennsylvania. He was 
born in 1787, They moved to Ohio where he 
engaged in farming until his death. They 
had seven children. 

Jesse Bushee, son of Jacob, was born in 
Fairfield County Ohio on the Uth of Sep- 
tember 1840. He spent the first 16 years of 
his life in Fairfield County until his 
mother's death in 1852. His education was 
acquired in the local school. His school of 
learning was a log structure with pun- 
cheon floor, slab benches, and was greased 
paper windows. On starting out in his life 
for himself, he worked as a farm hand by 
the month until 1856 when he decided to 
come to Illinois, and by team journeyed 
with his brother-in-law, Ezra Fosnaugh, 
across the country to Macoupin County. It 
required about six weeks to make the trip. 
There Mr. Bushee engaged in splitting 
rails for about six months and then came 
to Piatt County, where he worked on a 
farm until the Civil War. He enlisted for 
three months. After five months in the 
Army he returned home and rented a part 
of the George Boyer farm which he 
operated until August 13, 1862 when he 
entered the army again. 

He was in the March from Glasgow, 
Kentucky through Ohio and Indiana to 
Ironton where they captured General 
Morgan and his army. 

Mr. Bushee was taken ill at Atlanta and 
sent to the hopsital at Marietta, Georgia. 
On his recovery he was granted a furlough 
and returned home. Later he rejoined his 
regiment and was in all of the 
engagements from Atlanta to Resaca, the 
battle of Buzzard Roost, Kenesaw 
Mountain and many others. He was 
mustered out at the close of the war in the 
spring of 1865. 

After his return home Mr. Bushee 
resumed farming on Benjamin F. 
Cressip's place. But shortly after his 
marriage in 1866 he moved to the Jehu 
Trotter farm where he spent two years. 
For one year he made his home in 
Champaign County then returned to Piatt 
County operating the Charles Smith farm 
for two years. He next farmed on property 
adjoining White Heath on a farm owned by 
the firm of White and Heath. He remained 
there until 1890. He then bought a nice little 
home in the Village and 3'>< acres of land at 
the edge of town. 

On the 2nd of September 1866 Mr. Bushee 
was united in marriage to Miss Matilda 
Jane Teats. She was a sister of George W. 
Teats of White Heath. Unto Mr. and Mrs. 
Bushee were born five children: Mary 
Elizabeth, Carrie J., Jessie, Estella, and 
Ralph W. 

Ralph W. Bushee later became a dentist. 




James Clinton Vinson 

Wh. James Clinton Vinson 

First Community Club President; wife, 
Bess White Vinson. 

James "Clint" Vinson was born March 
6, 1876 in White Heath. He was the son of 
Urias and Eliza Roland Vinson, two of the 
early pioneer Piatt County settlers. His 
parents coming here from Delaware in 
1847. 

For many years "Clint" farmed the 
family farm north of White Heath. On 
June 9, 1918 he married Bess White, who 
was born April 23, 1880 in Seymour, the 
daughter of Benjamin and Sara Seymour 
White, also two prominent Piatt and 
Champaign County pioneer families. The 
couple had an infant daughter, Mary Ann, 
who died at birth. 

Mr. Vinson was an active civic leader in 
the community. He became the first 
president of the White Heath Community 
Club when the club organized in 1944. He 
also served as a Justice of the Peace for 
Sangamon Township, an active Democrat 
for many years. "Clint" devoted much of 
his retirement working for community 
betterment. 

His wife, Bess White Vinson, was also an 
active member of the White Heath 
Community Club as well as the AUerton 
Chapter of the Daughters of the American 
Revolution. Both were members of the 
Royal Neighbors of America Fern Camp 
145. Mr. Vinson was one of the Modern 
Woodman. 

Mr. Vinson died July 7, 1957 and Mrs. 
Vinson October 7, 1966. 





Wedding picture 1909 
Mr. and Mrs. Park Blacker 

Park Blacker, son of F.D. Blacker and 
Melissa Honselman Blacker, and Flossie 
Mitchell, daughter of Charles R. and Ada 
Heath Mithcell, were married Feb. 24th, 
1909 in Springfield, 111. by Rev. 0.0. In- 
man, a former pastor of the U.B. Church in 
White Heath. They spent their early 
married life in the New York School 
district but moved in 1914 to their farm 
home near White Heath. 

Their children are Mary Bradbury of 
Rochelle, 111. and John Blacker of White 
Heath. A son Geo. Stanley Blacker died in 
1924. 

A grandson, Stanley L. Blacker, a 
student at E.I.U. Charleston, 111., resides 
at White Heath. 



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MRS. LOU BLACKER 

Mrs. Lou Blacker was born Louisa Jane 
Lanier on February 22, 1869, daughter of 
John and Elizabeth Heflin Lanier of 
Versailles. 

Following graduation from Versailles 
public schools Miss Lanier came to Lodge 
where she learned telegraphy from her 
brother Eugene. 

After eight month training, she was 
assigned as an operator at Lodge station. 

It was during this time, while 
corresponding with area stations, that 
Miss Lanier became acquainted with 
Joseph S. Blacker who was an operator at 
White Heath. 

After they were married, the couple's 
first home was in Weldon. From there they 
went to Mason City, later to Monticello, 
and then to Lewistown where Blacker 
operated a variety store. 

In May of 1939, Mr. and Mrs. Blacker 
and Mrs. Dobson, Mrs. Slacker's sister, 
settled in White Heath. 

Active in church work, Mrs. Blacker, 
Mrs. Betty Kelley and Mrs. James Hicks 
were instrumental in the organization of 
the old Christian Church of Monticello. 

In the early 1940's, Lou, as she was 
known to her friends and Mrs. Dubson 
organized the first Community Club. 

The annual homecoming, known as the 
"Chatauguas" in early days was begun by 
Mrs. Blacker's husband, who for many 
years was the master of ceremonies. 

In 1943 Mr. and Mrs. Blacker celebrated 
their golden wedding anniversary. He died 
in 1958. The only son, Curtis Blacker lives 
in Norris City. 

One granddaughter, Sally Lou Griffith, 
and a great granddaughter, Lisa, live in 
San Leandro, California. 

Mrs. Lou Blacker died July 22, 1966 at 
the age of 96. 

Perry Family 

Stephen A. Perry and his wife, Lucinda, 
with their three small children, Minnie, 
Floyd and James, came to lUinois, from 
Virginia, in 1884, to make their home, and 
settled at DeLand, on the Bondurant farm. 
They farmed there until 1897, when they 
packed up their farming equipment, 
livestock, and household goods on a freight 
train, and moved to Leeper, Missouri, with 
the intention of buying a farm there. 
Arriving there, they found the relative of 
Mrs. Perry, who had moved there, to be 
suffering with some sort of ailment, chills, 
fever, etc.. and Mr. Perry decided that he 
didn't want to live in a climate that ef- 
fected the health in that way. so he im- 
mediately returned to Leeper, without 
even unpacking his equipment, household 
goods, etc., and returned to DeLand, to the 



same farm he had been living on. They 
stayed on that farm for a year or two, and 
then moved to the McCann farm southeast 
of White Heath. They farmed this farm 
until 1910, when they again packed up their 
goods, household material, etc., and again 
moved to Missouri, (this time to DeSoto) 
where they bought a farm and made their 
home until 1917, when again they moved 
back to Illinois, living for a while in a 
house in White Heath, and then to the 
Alexander farm, for a year or two, until 
they bought a small farm, near White 
Heath. By this time they were too old to do 
much farming, and having their family 
raised, decided it was time to take it a little 
easy. 

They lived on this little farm for several 
years, and then decided to move once 
more, this time to a small farm on Camp 
Creek, where they cleared the land and, 
with the help of their son, Walter, built a 
house, a barn, etc., and here they 
remained until their deaths in 1942. Mr. 
Perry died in November of 1942, and Mrs. 
Perry in December of that same year, just 
six weeks after her husband had passed 
away, he being 88 years old and she 89. 
They were exceedingly honest and 
honorable, a hard working. Christian 
couple. They are buried in the cemetery at 
DeLand, on the large lot given to them by 
Mr. Bondurant when they lost a small son 
in infancy, while they were living near 
DeLand. 

Mr. and Mrs. Perry were the parents of 
eight children, Mrs. Minnie (Perry) 
DeLand, wife of Earl E. DeLand; Floyd; 
James; Mrs. Pearl (Perry) Vivrett, wife 
of George Vivrett; Jake; George; Walter; 
and a son who died in infancy while they 
lived at DeLand. The only survivors are 
George and Walter. With the exception of 
Pearl, the children all spent most of their 
lives in and around Monticello and White 
Heath. Pearl was a resident of DeSoto, Mo. 




daughter of one of our founders Noble 
Porter Heath I, lived a mile south from 
the east end of our village. Everyone who 
knew this couple will testify to their 
wonderful help to the church and com- 
munity. 

George was Supervisor of Sangamon 
Township for many years and held a fifty 
year pin for his work in the Red Cross 
Chapter of the community. He was a fire 
trustee ever since the fire department 
started in White Heath. 

Lillian was devoted to devine worship 
and service. She was a friend to young 
people. She was earnest and sincere. We 
are sure there are many who knew her in 
the years before and after the church 
closed in White Heath and the membership 
moved to Monticello will never forget her. 
The White Heath Methodist Church was 
the old Camp Creek Church which was 
moved to White Heath — mentioned in 
another article in this book. 




GEORGE AND LILLIAN HAINES, JR. 

George who married Lillian Heath, a 



FRANK WRENCH 

Frank was born north of White Heath on 
a farm. His father, William Wrench, and 
mother, Louisa Jane Mounce Wrench, had 
eleven children, eight boys and three girls. 

Frank was a teacher in Piatt County and 
was county superintendent of schools for a 
number of years. 

Without Frank's help in giving much of 
the history of our little village, we, the 
committee, feel this book would not have 
come into being. 

The committee wishes to give Frank a 
big thank you for his help. 



In memory of our brother, George C. Haines, Jr. 

By Verta Barber, Bertha Sievers, 
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Kelly and Chester Haines 




A. J. Flanigan, Jean Flanigan and 
grandson. Greg. 



Jean Scott, youngest daughter of Lee 
and Eva Harmon Scott was born August 
10. 1902 near White Heath. After the death 
of her mother in February 1906 she went to 
live with Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Blacker. 
She attended school at Slabtown until 1913 
when the Blackers moved to White Heath 
and she attended school there and finished 
high school at Monticello. 

Albert Flanigan ( better known as "Ab") 
youngest son of Frank and Laura 
Whitefoot Flanigan was born September 6, 
1895 near White Heath. He attended 
Prairie Dell and later White Heath school. 
He served in World War I and spent six 
months overseas. 

On November 20, 1920 Jean and "Ab" 
were married at Hoopeston, Illinois by 
Rev. A. S. Flanigan, an uncle of Mr. 
Flanigan. The lived in White Heath and 
ran a garage for several years, then added 
a hardward store and implement business 
and later a grocery. 

Six sons and one daughter were born to 
them with five sons still living. The three 
oldest sons were born at White Heath. 
They are: Charles of Decatur, 111. ; John of 
Toronto, Canada; Andrew of Fresno, 
Calif; Philip of Denver, Colo. ; and William 
of Allentown, Pa. There are sixteen 
grandchildren. 

In 1935 they sold out and moved to 
Tuscola, Illinois and were in the im- 
plement business for a number of years. 

The are semi-retired and spend much of 
their time traveling and visiting their 
children. 

NAMED TOWN 

N. P. Heath, the Father of Noble Heath 
we all knew, was known as Porter Heath 
and was the one who named half the town. 
He never lived in White Heath but he was 
less than a mile away. You can hardly find 
a general news item from White Heath 
without something being said about Porter 
Heath. 

Mr. Heath and Mr. Teats and Mr. Mc- 
Cann were strong supporters of Camp 
Creek Church which was located a mile 
south of White Heath. 








Frank and Laura Flanigan 

1920 




Clyde Oates and daughter Donna. 

Clyde went to White Heath on November 
1942 and worked as and agent and operator 
until August 1943. Left here to go to service 
in August 1943 to January 1946. He moved 
back March 1946; was agent until 
February 1969. At this time they closed 
depot. 




Pontious Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Pontious and family 
moved to the White Heath Community in 



August 1968 when they bought the George 
Haines Farm. They have a son Richard 
who is serving in the air force. Bill, who 
attends Monticello High School, and twins 
Dennis and Diana, in 6th grade at White 
Heath, 

The family raise strawberries. They also 
have an Apiary, and are planning to sell 
Christmas trees in a few years. They are 
an ambitious family as you can see, and 
we wish them success in all their en- 
deavors. 




Four generations: Joe Bensyl, Myrtle 
Bensyl Wilkey. Ruth Wilkey Beebe, Ruth 
Ann Beebe. 




Homer Wrench, Jim Hickman, Frank 
Unangst. 




Leia Luscaleet, Mrs. Koss. Rachel Vance, 
Flossie Blacker, May Bell, Rachel Cox, 
Lalla Hosier. Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Eva 
Perry, B. Tabor. 



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HAILSTORM STRIKES 
WHITE HEATH 

March Ul, 19B6 

A brief afternoon hailstorm struck White 
Heath Monday causing several thousand 
dollars damage to almost every house in 
the town. 

"It started with a hugh black cloud in the 
south and was preceded by a thun- 
derstorm," said Glen Harper, manager of 
the elevator which received the most 
damage. 

The storm, which marred the first day of 
spring, caused damage to roofs on all but 
four houses in the community of 210, ac- 
cording to Harper. There are about 40 
houses in White Heath. 

Damage estimate at the grain elevator 
was more than $2,000. 

The storm struck at 1:30 p.m. and lasted 
about twenty minutes, dropping stones 
reported to be larger than an inch in 
diameter. 

Harper said electricity went out during 
the thunderstorm at 1:05 p.m., but it was 
restored in a short time. 

Everyone in the community was won- 
dering what hit them when the storm 
struck. Harper said, "I didn't realize so 
much damage could be done in that short 
time." 

Harper said the storm began about a 
half mile southwest of White Heath, struck 
White Heath and headed into the Seymour 
area. No damage was reported there. 

The hail fell perpendicular to the 
ground. "That's why there was so much 
damage to roofs." Thank goodness there 
was little wind so most of the windows 
were spared. 

Harper said every building at the 
elevator was damaged as was his nearby 
home. 

The Old Homestead Antique shop here 
was another business which was heavily 
damaged by the hail. 

THE BIG STORM OF 1904 

On March 24, 1904 began as a typical 
spring day. The wind increased as the day 
grew warmer. Soon after dusk the wind 
began to subside and signs of rain began to 
appear in west. 

About 8 p.m. there was a noise as of 
many trains. The noise lasted less than a 
minute, then all you could hear was the 
sound of falling rain. People went to their 
doors and as there were no street lights, 
nothing could be seen. When daylight 
came we may quote the poet and say that, 
"They looked upon a world unknown." 

Let us read it as it was reported by the 
papers at that time. 

"The village of White Heath was visited 
by a tornado at 8:45 P.M., last Thursday 
night which did emmense damage, and 
was the most serious storm that every 
visited our County. 

The storm was first felt at John Heath's 
farm along the Illinois Central track south 



west of town. It next struck the fine new 
elevator, belonging to the Murray Grain 
Co. whose great height was a splended 
mark for its power. The building was 
broken off just about the dump, and fell to 
the North away from the tracks and on a 
space on which fortunely there were no 
building. The elevator was broken and 
crushed. There was no grain in the 
elevator as it had not been built long. 

The William's Hotel was blown to ruins, 
and here again good fortune reigned for 
the hotel had no occupants. The Univer- 
salist Church, one block north of the depot 
next received the force of the storm and 
was totally demolished. Aside from the 
roof, no two pieces were joined togather or 
so it seemed. 

The Methodist Church east of the depot, 
had its roof completely removed and the 
debris from the east and west sides of the 
roof fell on either side of Esq. Deland's 
residence with out doing it injury, 
although a piece of rafter penetrated a 
post in the yard, another case of good 
fortune. 

Deland's store was moved off its base 
and other buildings were unroofed and 
barns and out buildings wrecked but the 
residences in general were only slightly 
touched. Several were removed from their 
foundation. 

The storm followed the railroad and 
moved and nearly wrecked the Teat's 
home occupied by the Reason Combs 
recently returning from Iowa. The family 
at once left the house by the windows as 
the doors could not be opened, and spent 
the night in town. 

H. L. Timmon's farm near the railroad 
was severlly visited, injury to the house, 
barn and crib amounting to several 
hunderd dollars. On the Fisher and 
Caldwell farms some damage was done 
but this seemed to be the limit of the storm 
damage. 

The loss in dollars is not known but it 
must be very high. There was but little 
tornado insurance in the town. Both 
Churches are said to have such clauses in 
their policies but the elevator did not. 

Mr. Murray has already begun to clear 
away for another elevator and the other 
buildings will be rebuilt, or most of them 
will- 
God must have looked after the people in 
White Heat that night. Although there was 
hardly a house in town that was no 
damaged and many of the smaller out- 
buildings were completely demolished, not 
a single person received an injury, and the 
storm was so unexpected and was of short 
duration, no one had time to get scared. 

But the young village like a young 
person soon recovered from its adversity. 
The debris was removed from the streets. 
The damaged dwelling houses were 
repaired. The two Churches were restored 
and made more serviceable. The elevator 
was replaced. White Heath had passed its 
31st birthday. 




Looking Back 

Cora Curtis 

In 1888 — I was six years old 

There were no Airplanes, no 
automobiles. No Electricy, no gas, no 
phones, no Funeral Homes. People got sick 
and died at home and had funerals at 
home. No imbalming, no Hospitals, 
Kerosene Street lights to be lighted every 
nite. Board sidewalks, no paving of roads 
or streets. Sprinkled streets in City with 
water-wagons. No restaurants, cooked all 
foods and pastrys at home. Everybody 
burnt coal, wood and cobs in coal heaters 
and kitchen ranges. 

No washmachines, rubbed clothes on 
washboard . No bathrooms, all outside 
toilets. Water in yard pump. No linoleun on 
floors. Horse-drawn Street cars. 

Sewed carpet rags and had them woven 
in carpets. No moving pictures. Just well- 
to-does sent children to H.igh School. 
School teachers go $35.00 a month for 
teaching. No married women worked 
away from home, no married women could 
teach school. 

No nursing homes. People took care of 
their old folks in their home. 

Everybody ground their coffee and 
boiled it in tin coffee pots. No alumon-ware 
kitchen utencels; just tin and iron. Het 
irons on stoves to iron clothes. 

Babies nursed their mother's breasts, no 
women smoked. All wore hats, slippers in 
summer and high buttoned shoes in 
winter. Mothers knit mittens, sox, scarfs, 
and such and stockings for winter. 

I remember board side walks in Cham- 
paign. 

Women never wore men's clothes. 
Dresses to ankles or lower. No bobbed 
hair, no lawn mowers, used cythes. No 
mail R.R. deliveries till 1903. 

No washing powders, (bar soap and lye) 
(no) bathtowels or wash rags. No ready 
made dresses till about 1916. No 
oleomargerin, no shortening but lard or 
butter. No. T.V.'s, Radios, Refrigerators. 
No women alowed in Taverns, (saloon, 
then). 

In 1972 — The United States Made their 
5th landing on the moon. 

White Heath 

Centennial 

1872 to 1972 




Carl Buckley, Our Postmaster 



POST OFFICE 

White Meam lU. 




John Blacker 

OUR POSTMEN 

Postmaster Carl Buckley and rural mail 
carrier John Blacker are pictured in front 
of the White Heath Post Office. Since 
Blacker's appointment to the mail carrier 
position on June 6, 1949, his route has 
grown from 25 to an 80 mile length. Since 
1964, he has also delivered mail out of the 
Mansfield Post Office. For several years 
Mr. Blacker had the distinction of serving 
the longest mail route in the United States. 
Several of his present mail patrons are the 
children and grandchildren of the people 
he started with in 1949. In addition, he has 
also delivered some very important letters 
to many famous beings such as Santa 
Claus and the Easter Bunny. Mr. Blacker 
and Mr. Buckley always greet people with 
a cheery smile, no matter the time or the 
weather. Buckley, who is a very avid 
fisherman, is always glad to offer fishing 
tips as well as assistance in mailing. 

Two of the many "letters to Santa" 
delivered by John Blacker over the years 
are reprinted here: . 

Dec. 1971 
Dear Santa Claus, 

Will you please bring me a Rumbler Set, 



Michigan Shovel, Army Transport, Ding-a 
Ling, A Marshal Trail Hunter, Talking 
Projector, Instant Replay, Hot Line 
Thunder Run, SSP Car, Micky Mouse 
Little Big Wheel. 

Carrie Kallembach 

Dec. 1971 
Dear Santa, 

I Love you. And I want a gun for 
Christmas And a boat. And a cowboy and 
his horse. 

Love Danny Miner 



A Letter Published 
in Republican 

White Heath, Illinois 
September 14, 1874 

Editor Republican: 

Our Literary Society disbanded last 
spring by mutual consent until the first of 
Sept., is again in full blast. 

The side track under supervision of 
Oscar Loy is rapidly approaching com- 
pletion. 

Weaver and Converse are buying all 
kinds of grain. They have an extensive 
lumber yard and are selling considerable 
lumber. 

Nelson Reid, our efficient school 
treasurer will soon erect a new barn. 

Wm. McCann recently started for 
Kansas. He left home early in the morning, 
came to the depot, gave up the notion and 
returned home in time for dinner, a wiser 
man. 

James Webster has sold his store to F. 
Watrons and F. M. Peel and they will sell 
groceries, drugs, fancy articles and Mr. 
Watrons will be the New Postmaster. 

The sectional strife between this place 
and the former Capital over the school 
election has subsided. 

Vin Williams is still selling goods at a 
reduced price and defies competition. 

Charley Smith, the eminent, must be 
amassing a fortune, a friend heard him 
say recently that White Heath would soon 
be able to start a first National Bank. 

Dr. J. M. Henrie, who consults the 
misses and has immortalized his name in 
poetic strains, is building a new office. 

Frank Harville and Wm. Luscaleet our 
well known notorious well diggers are 
engaged in cleaning a well for Dr. 
Unganst. 

N. P. Heath engaging now corn but we 

know not what he is paying and presume 

he contemplates feed for hogs and cattle. 

Milton Curl talks of selling his property 

and moving to Missouri. 

Vinson and Hickman, the world 
celebrities for raising watermelons have 
sold an unusual quantity of them this 
season. 

The smiling blacksmith J. M. Ross is 
very busy. 

Aaron Artman, Abe Coon and John 
Scott, who are building this town, are still 



anxious to extend their labor. 

Harrison Wolf has bored 100 feet with 
his new auger and thinks his labor will be 
lost as there are no visible sign of a good 
well. 

Bishop M. Teats is one of our happiest 
citizens, neither the daughter, grub 
worms, chintz bugs or hot weather 
disturbs the calm tranquility of his 
generous being. 

Signed (R.W.C.) 

The above probably mentions all 
business men in White Heath then, less 
than two years after the place was laid out. 




MINNIE AND LOU 
In their little green house across from the 

school they lived for many years 
to all of their friends who knew them so 

well they were known as 

MINNIE AND LOU 
ON THEIR LITTLE FRONT PORCH, I 

can see them still as they watch the kids 

come and go 
they were never too busy to chat awhile, 

our friends, 

MINNIE AND LOU 
Although up in their years, they were 

active still 
T.V. didn't take all their time, 
with P.T.A. and the Community Club, 
they were happy all of the time 

Our old friends are gone now 

The little house too. 

In its place is a vacant lot 

But each time I pass there it seem I should 

see them 
Our friends 

MINNIE AND LOU 

If I should live to attain their age 
Two things I would hope to do 
To live the good life and be as proud of it 
As our dear friends 

MINNIE AND LOU 

By Jeanette Blacker 

OPERATED HOTEL 

AND 

LIVERY STABLE 

Milton Curl was a long resident of the 
village, he spent the last twenty years of 
his life running a hotel and livery stable in 
the village. He was Sunday School 
Superintendent of the United Brethren 
Church. 




CLINESBAND 
nine's Band was organized in White Heatii 
in 1875. Tlie first members were: Otis 
Smith, J. C. Tippett. Cora Cline, B. E. 



MUTIAL ORGANIZATIONS 

During the mid 90's we found that many 
of the White Heath folk belonged to many 
Mutial Insurance Organizations. 

In 1896 the Modern Woodman had many 
members. Officers of the lodge that year 
were: H. M. Curl V.C; E. A. Kinltaid 
W.A.; C. A. McDaniel B.; E. R. Deland 
CI.; B. R. White W., James Foster E.; J. 
H. Luscaleet S.; and W. R. Bensen 
Manager. 

In January 1898 The Modern Woodman 
organized its Auxiliary, The Royal Neigh- 
bors. Officers elected at the first meeting 
were: Emma White; Josie Cline; Barbara 
Teats; Amanda White; Etta Deland; 
Maude Hart; Hilda Rankin; Erma Mc- 
Daniels; Ida Luscaleet; and Dr. Davis was 
the Physician and John Luscaleet was 
manager. 

The Court of Honor was a mutial 
Company which included both men and 
women. We found a list of officers elected 
for one year: S. B. Ewing; Hilda Rankin; 
H.M. Curl; Rachel Wrench; Mary Deland; 
Lena Duvall; W. Williamson; Frank Hick- 
man; Charles Mitchell and B. S. Barker 
M.D. Their first death claim was paid in 
1903 upon the death of Joseph Welch. 

In 1901 The Mutial Protective League 
was granted a Charter. They chose the 
following officers; Clint Vinson; Viola 
Gayle; Dr. B. L. Barker; Frances Bensyl; 
Frank Bochard; Nettie Bochard; William 
Coyle; Tom Flanigan; Melisa Foraker; 
and Frank Shaffer. 



CARPENTERS 

Artman, Coon, and Scott were Car- 
penters. 



Duball. Harley Norris, E.A. Kincaid, Ona 
Cline (leader), Ed White, Frank O'Priest, 
Will Plunk, Noble Heath, Ed Hart, William 
Benson, Bert Bowdre. and Ed. Bates. 




Women's Community Club 1944: Front 
Row: child, John Mitchell. Left to right 1st 
row: Ina Phillips, Margaret Hickman, 
Bessie Vinson, Bessie F^urnish. 2nd row: 
Mary Smoot, Jessie Mitchell, Mrs. 
Clouser, Mrs. Peyton, Minie Dubson, 
Helen Mitchell. Mrs. Votrain. :ird row: 
Mrs. Joe Blacker, Rachel Vance, Mrs. W. 
A. Dickason, Gladys Fisher. 



CLUB BUILDING 

Present Club Building erected in 1944. 

In the early 1940's Lou Blacker and Mrs. 
Dubson, Lou's sister, organized the first 
community club in White Heath. 

First meeting of the club was held in 
their home with Mrs. Grace Spencer as the 
first elected president. 

Previously attended only by women, the 
men became interested in their work for 
the benefit of the community and soon 



whole families were joining the club. 

Club membership began to grown until 
the present building was built in 1944 to 
accommodate all the members. 

THE FRESH AIR KIDS 

We should bear in mind that White Heath 
was one of the earliest communities to 
assist in social work which if carried on 
today would contribute toward the 
building of the GREAT SOCIETY that the 
government is so interested in today. As 
far as we can find out, Mrs. J. H. Cline was 
the instigator of the work in White Heath. 
She was assisted directly by Mrs. George 
Teats, Mrs. George Farley, and the Misses 
Estella Bushee, Bess McDonald and Vira 
Deland. 

The idea behind the movement was to do 
something for the children of the slums of 
Chicago. Families in White Heath were 
solicited to accept one or two children 
from the streets of Chicago and take them 
into their homes and entertain them for a 
period of two weeks. The railroad was to 
assist in the plan by furnishing free 
transportation to and from Chicago. 

The welfare society in Chicago selected 
the children. They were to come from the 
poorer families of Chicago and must have 
no criminal record. The children who 
came to White Heath were brought to the 
Illinois Central depot in Chicago early 
Monday morning. The railroad took 
charge of them until they were delivered to 
White Heath. They were placed in a coach 
properly chaperoned and were sent to 
their destination in White Heath at no cost. 
On Monday, June 26, 1904, at about ten 
o'clock in the morning the railroad 
delivered 35 such children to the custody of 
Mrs. Cline. The group ranged in ages from 
nine to twelve and was composed of about 
half boys and half girls. Everyone of them 
was placed in a suitable family 
which had arranged ahead of time as to 
age and sex. For almost two weeks the 
children had the time of their lives, both 
the Fresh Air Kids as they were called and 
the children of White Heath with whom 
they played. It was a good experience for 
both groups. 

On Saturday of the second week as 
scheduled, the fresh air kids were brought 
to the depot and turned over to the railroad 
which took them back to Chicago. Most of 
them were attired in new clothing and 
many tears were shed by both the en- 
tertainers and the entertained. The project 
was continued for several summers. 



WATERMELON RAISERS 

Vinson and Hickman, the watermelon 
raiser, lived a mile north of town. Mr. 
Vinson, father of Clint Vinson, never lived 
in White Heath but built a house in town. 
Mr. Hickman, father of Bill Hickman, 
never lived in town but his wife did move to 
town after his death. 



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White Heath, Illinois 61884 

Phone 762-7403 

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762-8297 678-8089 



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Phone 762-2526 




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White Heath 








Homecoming August 1951. White Heath 
Community Club. Bess Vinson: Effie 



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Branch; Mary Bassett; Margaret Hick- 
man; Tessie Mitchell. 




A QUILTING BEE — held in the home of 
Jean Flanigan. Mrs. Ada Mitchell, seated, 
deceased. Left to right: Belle Timmons, 
Deland; Mrs. Arlie (Nellie) Alexander, 
White Heath: Mrs. Frank (Ott) Dresback, 
deceased; Mrs. Henry (Nannie) Blacker, 
deceased: Mrs. Park (Floss) Blacker, 
deceased; Mrs. Ida Alexander Brady, 
deceased: Mrs. Douglas (Melissa) 
Blacker, deceased: Mrs. Jim (Rachel) 
Cox, deceased: Miss Stella Bushee, 
deceased. 



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For Profitable Farming 




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CHAMPAIGN PRODUCTION 
CREDIT ASSOCIATION 

MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS 762-4666 



G.S.C. HYBRID SEED CORN 

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White Heath, lUinois 

Phone 687-5910 



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McDermith 



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Phone 762-2576 

Monticello, Illinois 61856 



TROY'S BARBER SHOP 



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Tuesday - Thursday 
White Heath 



3 Chairs 

N.W. Corner of 

K-Mart Plaza 



Most Complete Food Market in Town 



GENE & JAC'S BI-RITE 



Monticello 



JACK WOOD 
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY 



QUALITY HOME BUILDER 

AND 

DEVELOPER 

WHITE HEATH, ILLINOIS 
Phone 217-687-5330 



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James O. Rankin 

762-7377 



PIATT COUNTY'S LARGEST 
Tire Dealer 



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PANKAU BODY SHOP 



FRAME & FRONT END ALIGNMENT 
BODY REPAIR & PAINTING 



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SEARS 



Authorized Merchants 



ED & BETTY NORFLEET 




Cooking fried chicken in Iron Kettle. First 
supper held at Community Building. Left 



to right; Carl Mitchell. Ross Mitchell. 
Irvin Hickman, Joe Blacker. 




Marcia Cresap's 6th Birthday Party 
August 3. 1949. Front: Robert Chumbley, 
Gary Walker. Ronnie Gates. 2nd Row : Jim 
Mitchell. Diane Vaughn Nolan, Marcia 
Cresap, Mary Ellen Kallembach Dean. 
Back Row: Pauline Mitchell Pearce, 
Sharon Vaughn Roberts, Sharon Cresap 
Hartsfield. Jeanette Blacker and Terry 
Cresap. 




Joe Fisher 



BUSINESS RIVALS 

Mr. Vincent Williams opened a store in 
his mother's Hotel just a short time after 
James Webster opened his store. Mr. 
Williams didn't like competition and often 
put on sales to compete against the other 
merchants. On one occasion he put some 
prices so low that Mr. Peel, just across the 
street, had some friends to come and buy 
all of Mr. William's sale stock. This was 
used by Mr. Peel to stock his own shelves. 
Mr. Williams soon moved his store to 
Centerville. 

Several years later he returned to White 
Heath and built a new store but he didn't 
stay long. 

Mr. Peel was an interesting and jovial 
character. He was elected as a minority 
member of the Illinois State Legislature in 
1886. 

Some time after Mr. Peel started in 
business in White Heath his store was 
burglarized of considerable amount of 
merchandise that never was recovered. 
That caused him to have an irterrupted 
sleep. Almost every night about one a.m. 
you could hear 3 or 4 revolver shots. F. M. 
Peel, the neighbors said thinking some one 
was trying to rob him. He never hit 
anyone but that night shooting continued 
for over 40 years. 

LUSCALEET HARDWARE 

John Luscaleet.in the mid 90's, built a 
hardware store in Block 9 which burned in 
1902. 



ITEMS OF INTEREST 
THROUGH THE YEARS 

1872 
Plat for White Heath was filed for record 
on September 30. Auction for lots held 
October 10. 

1873 

One of the first to build a building was 
James Webster. Within four months he 
was appointed first Postmaster. 

Mrs. Sarah Williams built the Junction 
House. 

1874 
First flag pole rasied in town. 
Mr. James Webster sold his stock of 

goods to F. Watrons and F. N. Peel. Mr. 

Watrons was appointed Postmaster. 
Weaver and Converse were grain buyers 

and had lumber business. 

1875 

White Heath tried to have a newspaper 
but they only got as far with it as a name, 
the Sangamon Herald. 

Rev. Cumberland Tippett fell from an 
apple tree and died the next day. 

Mr. Peel doubled the size of his store 
building. 

Dr. Unangst built a shoe shop. 

An article in the Republican stated that 
White Heath had two dry goods stores, one 
grocery store, one drug store, one lumber 
yard, one blacksmith shop connected with 
a wagon maker shop, one hotel, two 
eminent physicians, two grain buyers and 
one boarding house. 

1876 

Mr. Peel constructed a store on his lot 
and built a residence soon after. 

Announcement in the Herald: We 
hereby agree on and after this date Feb. 17 
1876 we will not prescribe Whiskey or other 
intoxicating liquors to any person, old or 
young unless under actual treatment for 
disease, and not then unless the condition 
of the Patient demands such a prescrip- 
tion. So take notice and do not ask unless 
you want to be refused. Signed — J. M. 
Henrie-W. B. Unangst. 

June 7 from the Herald: — White Heath 
has three houses of entertainment — The 
Junction House; The White Heath House; 
and Mr. Converse's Restaurant. 

The Junction House was the Williams's 
Hotel, The White Heath House was located 
at the corner of High and Orange Street, 
and Mr. Converse's Restaurant was on the 
railroad property. 

John Andrew who later moved to 
Monticello, had some trouble in Slabtown 
School. Some of the children had gone 
skating against his rules and also were 
guilty of other matters and he expelled 
them. The School Board refused to back 
him up. Mr. Andrew resigned and move to 
White Heath and built a house on lots 12 
and 13 Block 13. It is still in use. He was 
connected with buying Turkeys and 



shipping them to New York. 



1«77 

There were three schools in the im- 
mediate community: Hazel Dell with Mr. 
Robinson teacher, one mile north of town, 
50 to 60 pupils; Camp Creek, Miss Mattie 
Bivens teacher, south, about 20 pupils; 
Prairie Chapel, W. Carper teacher, 30 
pupils. 

1879 

A new company was organized called 
the Champaign Havana and Western 
whose sole purpose was to operate the 
railroad to the west and to complete it to 
Keokuk. A large building was erected at 
White Heath to serve as a supply center for 
materials for the entire road. Noble Heath 
recalled a large building that stood where 
the firehouse is today. But he didn't 
remember its use. 

Charles Smith sold his store to Jacob 
Cline. 

ISSO 

When the Wabash got control of the 
railroad, Snell and Deland lost interest in 
the future of White Heath. They sold the 
north 80 acres which had never been 
patented to J. H. Cline and Dr. Unangst. 
They turned all their lots over to Ross 
Mitchell and George Deland, a brother-in- 
law and brother of James Deland and from 
that time on White Heath was on its own. 

J. H. Cline appointed Postmaster. Many 
of his descendants still live in or near 
White Heath. 

1883 
J. H. Cline elected Supervisor. 

1884 

In February White Heath had a new 
harness shop. No mention of who the 
owner was. 

Dr. Henrie died December 24. 



1885 
Ross Mitchell's store burned. 
The depot was moved to where it is 

today. 
Toward the end of 1885 the Hazel Dell 

School was too crowded. 

1886 
When school opened there were 57 
enrolled at White Heath and 38 at Hazel 
Dell. 

1887 

The United Brethren Church mem- 
bership was moved to White Heath. 

1888 

First sidewalk appeared made of wood. 
Dr. Unangst and Miss Mattie Bevens 
were married in September. 

1889 

The Universalist Church was started. 

1893 

May 4 an election was held. 

May 14 they authorized a new school 



building. 

July 12 work started on a two room 
school. 

John Luscaleet opened an implement 
store. 

Jerry Purcell opened a barber shop. 

Modern Woodman was organized. 

1894 

On May 2 White Heath lost its second 
doctor. Dr. Unangst died. 

On August 2 Dr. Hart took over 
Unangst's practice. 

1895 
Cline's Band was organized. 
J. C. Flangan built a makeshift elevator. 
Court of Honor granted a White Heath 
Charter. 

1896 

Mafr 24 the Universalist Church was 
completed. 

Charley Bartley bought out Jerry 
Purcell's barber shop. From then until 
George Clouser retired in 1934, White 
Heath had a barber shop. 

May 7 lightning stuck the depot and it 
burned. Replaced by the present depot. 

It was this year that White Heath got its 
first telephones. One was installed at 
Cline's store and one in John Luscaleet's 
IMPLEMENT AND Hardware Store. 

1898 

White Heath began to come out of the 
mud with sidewalks. The walks were made 
out of wood. 20,000 feet of lumber was used. 
A few were built in 1888 but very few. 
Years later they started putting in con- 
crete. Supervised by the West Brothers of 
Deland. 

Excellent football teams were produced 
by White Heath from 1898 to 1904. 

Royal Neighbors organized in White 
Heath. 

1899 
The first concrete foundations used in 
White Heath. 

1901 

Mutual Protection league organized. 
Population 163. 

19(12 

The Rural Mail established It was. 26 
miles long. Pay was $60 a month George 
Deland was the first carrier William 
Spenser was the next, then Carl Mitchell. 

i9(i:! 
William Murray built an elevator. The 
storm of 1904 blew it down. 

1904 
The year of the big wind storm. 

l9(Hi 

The interurban was built This did White 
Heath more harm than good for people 
began to go elsewhere to trade on the 



Interurban. 
J. H, Cline elected County Treasurer. 

1907 

A private bank was started by Hiram 
Artman, J. H. Cline and J. F. Heath. Also 
William Alexander, Silas Sievers and 
Oscar Thompson promoted more business. 
A furniture store and implement store was 
started by William Jones of Cisco. A 
grocery store was built by Oscar Thomp- 
son. 

The first brick building was built. 

1909 

Odd Fellows was organized. 

1912 
Leonard Luscaleet began his long term 
as Mail Carrier. 

1920 

The Bank was changed to The State 
Bank. 

William Murray built an electric line 
which was later taken over by Illinois 
Power and Light Company, 

1922 
A state highway came through the town 
which made it easy to travel elsewhere to 
trade, 

1927 
The State Bank was sold to The Moore 
State Bank of Monticello. 

1935 
The implement and hardward store was 
moved to Tuscola by Albert Flanigan. The 
grocery stores continued to flourish under 
operators as George Drexler, Max 
Branch, Hugh Hannah and Ross Mitchell. 

1953 

December 27 birth of a daughter to Mr, 
and Mrs. Michael Cresap. 

1954 

January 5— Death of Mrs. Grace E. 
Blacker, 64, formerly of White Heath. 

Janury 24 — Sixtieth wedding an- 
niversary of Mr. and Mrs. George M. 
Vinson. 

January 27 — Marriage of Nell Branch 
of White Heath and Jack Giesler of 
Champaign. 

February 4 — Mrs. Ray Norton of White 
Heath heads unit P.T.A. Council. 

February 14 — Marriage of Nola Mit- 
chell of White Heath and Ronald E. Milton 
of Hernando, Florida. 

March 4 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Donald Gilbreath. 

March 22 — Birth of son to Mr. and Mrs. 
Gerald Hall. 

April 5 — Death of Earl Sievers, 58. 

May 22 — Marriage of Lule E. Sumner of 
White Heath and Dolores Vossenkemoer of 
Portage des Sious, Missouri. 

May 25 — Death of Mrs. Minnie Wood, 
70. 

June 3 — Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Vin- 
son, 82. 



July 1 — Birth of son to Mr. and Mrs. 
Robert Rodgers. 

July 24 — Birth of son to Mr. and Mrs. 
Porter Heath of White Heath. 

July 30 — Death of Mrs. Anna H. Vinson, 
formerly of White Heath. 

September 26 — Death of Roscoe Floyd, 
71. 

October 1 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Charles Wheeler. 

October 14 — Death of Charles R. 
Spencer, 74. 

October 26 — Birth of daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. Elmer Purcell. 

October 29 — Birth of a son to Mr. and 
Mrs. Richard Harper. 

October 29 — Death of Carl Mitchell, 71. 

October 30 — Marriage of Harold 
Menacher of White Heath and Donna Sizer 
of Fisher. 

November 2 — Frank Wrench elected 
Supt. of Schools. 

November 5 — Wilson Piatt named head 
of White Heath Community Club. 

November 18 — Death Charles W. 
Alexander, 58. 

November 20 — Marriage of Dorothy 
Breen of Urbana and Jerome Menacher of 
White Heath. 

November 20 — Death of Mrs. Elizabeth 
Milligan, 79. 

November 24 — Marriage of Mary 
Alexander of White Heath and Russell 
Griffet of Champaign. 

December 9 — Birth of son to Mr. and 
Mrs. John McCall. 



1957 

January 5 — James Rankin named 
director to Farm Bureau. 

January 27 — Birth of daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. James E. Wood. 

March 28 — Birth of son to Mr. and Mrs. 
Harold Zindars. 

March 31 — Birth of a daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. Everett Benson. 

April 2 — Paul Branch elected Super- 
visor of Sangamon Township. 

May 26 — Birth of a daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Dale Burke. 

June 11 — Death of Joseph S. Blacker, 
85. 

June 12 — Birth of son to Mr. and Mrs. 
Terry Cresap. 

June 29 — Marriage of Barbara Conover 
of Champaign and Charles Vinson Jr. 

July 5 — John Heath heads Monticello 
Masonic Lodge. 

July 11 — Death of James C. Vinson, 81. 

July 14 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Bolden Moefield. 

July 18 — Death of Mrs. Erri Funish, 68. 

August 2 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Delbert Stanley. 

August 11 — Death of Mrs. Julia Sinkler, 
74. 

August 15 — Death of Benjamin D. 
Stowers, 55. 

September 1 — Board of Supervisors 
voted 15 percent increase on assessed 
valuation of all farm land in Piatt County. 

September 10 — Wilson Piatt named to 



Forest Preserve board. 

September 23 — Birth of a daughter to 
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Alexander. 

October 20 — Mrs. Minnie Blacker was 
85 years old. 

November 15 — Birth of a son to Mr. and 
Mrs. Floyd Downs. 

December 5 — Death of Mrs. Colby 
Peyton, 66. 

December 13 — End of year long court 
fight over $450,000 estate of Laura Cald- 
well. 

1959 

January 9 — Death of James E. Conway, 
75. 

January 19 — Mrs. Aline Seymour heads 
White Heath R.N.A. 

January 20 — Worst sleet storm in 
history. Many trees and lines down. No 
electricity overnight. 

January 22 — Death of Mrs. Lena E. 
Sarver, 75. 

January 26 — Birth of daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. Ecus Vaughn. 

January 30 — Death of Mrs. W. N. 
Sievers, 68. 

January 31 — Dean McCartney new 
director of Piatt County Farm Bureau. 

February 10 — Mr. and Mrs. Joseph 
Chalk, Sr., married 25 years. 

February 24 — Mr. and Mrs. Park 
Blacker wed 50 years. 

February 28 — Birth of a daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. Dale Mackey. 

March 5 — Birth of a daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. Charles Rudisill. 

March 29 — Death of Noble Porter Heath 
III, 28. 

April 2 — Death of William H. Cresap, 
81. 

April 7 — Clint Harper and Gerald 
Valentine tied in race for road Com- 
missioner. Both received 185 votes. They 
drew lots with Harper winning. 

April 15 — Gerald Valentine filed a 
petition to have ballots in Sangamon 
Township be examined and tallied by the 
court. 

April 18 — Death of Mrs. Porter Heath 
III, 26. 

April 30 — Dr. W. N. Sievers honored by 
P.T.A. 

May 2 — Marriage of Nancy Eastham of 
Monticello and Richard Branch of White 
Heath. 

May 29 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. David Hartsfield. 

June 7 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Paul Brown. 

June 18 — Death of Dr. Florence T. 
Truax, 87, formerly of White Heath at 
Miami, Florida. 

July 2 — Death of Lewis E. Furnish, 81. 

July 7 — Gerald Valentine declared 
elected road commissioner of Sangamon 
Township by eight votes by Circuit Court. 

July 15 — Death of Jose M. Ambrose, 85. 

July 29 — Birth of son to Mr. and Mrs. 
Ottis Chumbley. 

July 30 — Governor William Stratton 
assigned high priority to Champaign 
expressway. First work to be done on 



segment between Monticello and White 
Heath. 

August 3 — Frank Wrench retired as 
county superintendent of schools after two 
terms. 

August 16 — Marriage of Madonna 
Harper and James H. Smith both of White 
Heath. 

August 20 — Death of Dr. William N. 
Duvall, 86, formerly of White Heath at 
Mishawaka, Indiana. 

September 3 — Birth of a daughter to 
Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Benson. The baby died 
next day. 

September 5 — Luella McCartney with 
others name outstanding 4-H Home Ec 
girls in county. 

October 3 — Birth of son to Mr. and Mrs. 
Clyde Dates. 

October 16 — Death of George M. Vin- 
son, 89. 

November 8 — Birth of son to Mr. and 
Mrs. Donald Haworth. 

November 25 — Birth of son to Mr. and 
Mrs. Donald Schumacher. 

November 27 — Walter White named 
president of White Heath Community 
Club. 

December 17 — Governor William G. 
Stratton named James White of White 
Heath with others as semi-finalists in the 
selection of Illinois College Scholarship 
award winners. 

I960 

January 18 — Birth of daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. James Nooman. 

January 26 — Birth of a daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. Robert Day. 

February 21 — Marriage of Mrs. Bertha 
Roane and Dr. W. N. Sievers. 

April 9 — Death of Cloyd W. Rudisill, 57. 

April 11 — Birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. 
Gilbert Magsamen. 

April 17 — Death of Leon Votrain, 87. 

April 23 — Mrs. Glorianelle Moore, 37, of 
Decatur killed when her car left curve on 
Route 47 southwest of White Heath. 

April 30 — Marriage of Lela Mae Ard of 
Bement and Marion Sapp, Jr., of White 
Heath. 

May 5 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Edward Day. 

May 6 — White Heath came in 6th in the 
County School Track Meet. 

May 9 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Charles Rudisill. 

June 26 — Marriage of Caria Buchanan 
of White Heath and Larry McClellan of 
Lodge. 

July 29 — Death of Lyle H. Gallivan, 63. 

August 26 — Dr. W. N. Sievers of White 
Heath presented with 50 year certificate 
from American Medical Association. 

September 17 — Death of Dr. William N. 
Sievers, 75. 

September 22 — Birth of son to Mr. and 
Mrs. Morris Young. 

September 30 — Marriage of Donna 
Cade of Monticello and Kenneth Norfleet 
of White Heath. 

October 9 — Death of Miss Elizabeth 
Daley, 79, of Decatur formerly of White 



Heath. 

October 25 — Bids opened on con- 
struction of 4.9 miles of expressway from 
Monticello to White Heath at a cost of 
$2,742,040. 

November 7 — Work started on ex- 
pressway from White Heath to Monticello. 

November U — Birth of daughter to Mr. 
and Mrs. Morris Valentine. 

December 2 — Death of Don Vinson, 58, 
native of White Heath at Rockford. 

December 3 — Birth of son to Mr. and 
Mrs. Mellard Guenther. 

I'Hil 

January 7 — 55th wedding anniversary 
of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Scott of White Heath. 

February 5 — Death of Mrs. Nannie 
Blacker, 88. 

February 7 — Death of Wayne W. Welch, 
71, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of 
White Heath. 

February 14— Maurice Young named to 
County Forest Preserve Board. 

April 17 — Birth of daughter to Mr. and 
Mrs. Dale Mackey. 

April 25 — Paul Branch heads Board of 
Supervisors. 

May 2 — Death of Effie Branch, 76. 

June 25 — Marriage of Sharon Vaughn of 
White Heath and William Roberts of 
Monticello. 

July iO — Death of William Heath, 78. 

August 3 — Louella McCartney crowned 
Queen of Piatt County 4-H Show. 

August 4 — Death of Colby L. Peyton, 77. 

August 11 — Marriage of Norma Sumner 
of White Heath and Ronald J. Forrester of 
Springfield, Missouri. 

August 20 — Mrs. Kate Wachs, 92, of 
White Heath and daughter. Mrs. Charles 
Bell, of Monticello, killed in two car 
collision near Leverett. 

August 27 — Marriage of Mary Ellen 
Kallembach of White Heath and Richard 
L. Dean of Monticello. 

September 2 — Second anniversary of 
Hickory Hill Hunt Club. 

October 13 — Death of Ottis Chumbley, 
49. 

November 6 — Dean McCartney suffers 
broken pelvic bone in tractor accident. 

November 10 — Death of Kenneth B. 
Bensyl, 61. 

November 18 — Teddy E. Marshky, 22, 
of Champaign killed and a Urbana man 
injured when car hit Shady rest bridge. 

December 6 — Birth of son to Mr. and 
Mrs. Millard Guenther. 



Monticello and John Houser of White 
Heath. 

August 14 — Death of Miss Rose Dungan, 
86. 

Aseptember 18 — Birth of daughter to 
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Dates. 

October 5 — Birth of son to Mr. and Mrs. 
John Ensign. 

October 21 — Death of Orval Barber. 

October 22 — Miss Nelda Alexander, 17, 
killed as train strikes car in Monticello. 

December 5 — Charles A. Mosgrove of 
Mansfield hurt when his car was hit by 
Illinois Central Freight Train at Shady 
Rest Crossing. 

December 13 — Death of Mrs. Floyd 
Bowdre, 73. 

Pastor's Paragraphs 

Greetings: 

One of the songs in our hymnal that I 
truly enjoy singing is, "There is Joy in the 
Lord." It speaks of an experience in Christ 



that makes us happy; happy to be alive, 
happy to be serving such a great God. 
Christians should be happy people. 

I like humor. I like good Christian fun. I 
like to laugh. God gave us all the abihty to 
laugh and smile. We ought to do more of it. 

I want to share this laughable, yet good 
point poem with you. Read it and diuckle 
and get the meaning of it. 



•SURPRISE. SURPRISE" 

I dreamed that death came the other night 

And Heaven's Gate swung wide 

With kindly grace an angel came and 

Welcomed me inside. 

Well, there to my astonishment stood 

Folk I'd known on earth. 

Some I had judged and called unfit, 

And some of little worth. 

Indignant words rose to my lips but 

Never were set free. 

For every face showed stunned surprise 

NO ONE EXPECTED ME. 



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Schedule of 
Centennial Events 



Kids Games 
Parade 
Teen Dance 
Square Dance 
Cake Walk 


9:00 

12:00 p.m. 
9:00 
9:00 
8:30 


Saturday, July 15 
July 15 
July 15 
July 15 
July 15 


Horse Shoe Pitching 

Judge of Beards 

Judge of Women's Dresses 


7:30 
7:30 
8:30 


July 10 
July 11 
July 11 


Soap Box Derby 
Soap Box Finals 


6:00 
2:00 


July 13 
July 15 



Tractor Pull 



7:00 



July 14 



1965 

January 4 — Death of Mrs. Laura B. 
Dilsaver.99. 

January 18 — Sixtieth wedding an- 
niversary of Mr. and Mrs. Clint Harper of 
Centerville. 

February 24 — Birth of son to Mr. and 
Mrs. Charles Rudisill. 

February 26 — Death of Fred L. Cox, 78. 

April 6 — Paul Branch elected as 
Supervisor of Sangamon Township. 

July 31 — Marriage of Kathleen Brady of 



Church 
Basket Dinner 
Gospel Sing 
Chicken Fry 



July 9 
July 9 
July 9 
July 15 



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Congratulations To The 



WHITE HEATH 



COMMUNITY 



on your 100th Birthday 



THE COUNTRY COMPANIES 

N.D. HAMMERSCHMIDT 
LEIPER FURNITURE STORE 

KAISERS STORE 
MONTICELLO LUMBER CO. 



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